“For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.” (1 Timothy 6:7)
Today’s verse reminds us that we enter life empty handed and we leave life in this world empty handed. It can also remind us that we need to come to God through Christ empty handed. Salvation is fully and only by the grace of God. It can’t be bought; it can’t be earned; it can’ be achieved; it can’t be inherited. It can only be gained when we come to Jesus empty handed recognizing our need for His atoning work on our behalf.
This also reminds of what has true value. Many people, including even some Christian leaders, pursue satisfaction and contentment through the pursuit of financial gain. They believe that if they can just get enough money, they will be happy and fulfilled. But that’s not what the Bible teaches. The context of today’s verse is that “godliness with contentment is great gain” (1 Timothy 6:6).
There is nothing wrong with money, but to make the pursuit of wealth your life’s goal can have perilous consequences. “Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs” (vs. 9-10).
Instead, the Bible counsels us to be men of God and to “flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness” (v. 11). These are all things that money can’t buy. Remember, you entered the world empty handed and you will leave the world empty handed. Make it your life’s goal to pursue the true riches of knowing Christ.
Question: You start life empty handed. Are you pursuing godliness or money for fulfillment?
Challenge: Read 1 Timothy 6:6-11. Do you have a biblical view of the relative importance of money?
Prayer: Lord, thank that when we come to you empty handed, we can count on you to fill us with good things from your hand.
Dan Kinnaman, Chapel Leader -- Norwich Sea Unicorns