Guarding The Gospel

Guarding Attitudes Toward Money - Part II

1Timothy 6:11-19

The Church of Jesus Christ was built as an international Church, and that is what it is.

Paul addressed young Timothy in 1Timothy verse 11: 

"But you, Man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness."

"Man of God" is a very unusual title.  It implies a contrast to what came before - greedy preachers, false prophets.  They twisted the Word to be about them.  Timothy was the only preacher called "Man of God."  We are men - "adam" in Hebrew - earthly, weak, sinful, yet we have God in His majesty, greatness, who came to dwell in us.  This is amazing!  God is deep.  The God who made Isaac, drove Daniel to his knees, came and dwelled in me.  What an honor!  In Genesis 17:3 Abraham fell on his face and honored God, and he fell in love with God.

What does a Man of God do in a world like ours?  Paul says to Timothy to flee from sin and pursue godly things.  How many of our ministers have been wounded by money.  Go back to verse 6:  "But godliness with contentment is great gain."  People love money.  They hunger for more things.  In verse 12 Paul states:  "Fight the good fight.  Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses."  Fight the good fight of faith, and take hold of the eternal life you to whichh you were called.  Guard what has been entrusted to your care.

How you handle money shows the condition of your heart, and how you serve God.  In verses 20-21 Paul tells Timothy:  "Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care.  Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, which some have professed and in so doing have wandered from the faith."   Entrusted with the possession of another, you have an obligation to return it to the owner in the same condition.  The Word of God is unchanging.  It was entrusted to them, and now to us.  On the last day, we will have to return it  to the Lord the same way we received it.

"Timothy" means "He who honors God."  Let us honor Him every day.  

When you honor God with little things, He honors you with big things.