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I will never forget my ordination. Brother Gary Mills, pastor of Taylorsville’s First Baptist Church preached from Timothy.
Timothy was a young preacher Paul had sent out and Paul was writing to him. I think everyone should read 1st and 2nd Timothy for sure. I have chosen for today 1st Timothy.
“But Godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment, let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil, which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, 0 man of God, flee these things and follow after righteousness, faith, love patience, meekness.” 1 Timothy 6: 6-11
As we look at what Paul is writing to Timothy, here we see him telling him to be content with what we have. If we have food on our table and clothes on our back we should be content.
Also we brought nothing into this world and we will carry nothing out. Another thing, we don’t have to be rich to love money. If we love money more than we love God, it is a great sin, no matter what we have. A lot of people say you can still be rich and be a Christian and love God.
They are right.
Look at 1 Timothy 6:17-19: “Charge them that are rich in this world that they be not high-minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy. That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute willingly to communicate. Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come., that they may lay hold on eternal life.”
In writing these scriptures, it was easy for me to realize everything on earth belongs to God. There is nothing that doesn’t belong to him. No matter what we claim on this earth, we should share it, or help those in need. We should always be ready to deliver the Gospel of Jesus Christ to those who are lost around us and be the Christian Jesus would have us to be.
I believe some people do not know what a Christian is. A Christian is someone who believes in Christ and follows his teaching. One question: Are you a Christian? Are you willing to suffer as a Christian? Do you love God enough to do what he says in this message?
“Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on his behalf.” 1 Peter 4:16.