Vs. 7, “For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.” Perspective folks…that’s what Paul gives to Timothy and those in Ephesus. Slaves continue to serve your masters, students continue to serve your teachers (by doing your best), employees continue to work hard because one day the treasures we will reap of the treasures from Heaven! Rich people…be very careful…very careful indeed, and to those who thought they knew it all…be careful in getting a big head. All of this was to warn them to be careful in how they lived, so that the Gospel would be more powerful! In a way, Paul is lecturing to them about some of their weaknesses.
Regarding application…Desire to be Rich. Vs. 9, “People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction.” I can imagine picturing a room and in this room lays bags of Gold & Cash dispersed among it. As enticing as these bags may look, what you don’t know is that the moment you pick up these bags of Gold and money, there is a trap door that plunges you into a pit. The original goal was to simply start from one end of the room to the other, but all these bags of Gold are quite tempting. It’s like walking into a Spiritual minefield.
I think all of us have imagined winning the lottery! Wouldn’t it be great to pay off school debt, wouldn’t it be great to buy your Mom a nice home, wouldn’t it be great to buy the nicest things, wouldn’t it be great to give to charities (of course, we always throw that one in). Yet…the reality is…money can be far more harmful than good. Of course, we all need money to survive, but Paul is not talking about that type of money…Paul is talking about lots of money and riches. We think it would cure everything…when in reality…it can bring even more desires in our lives that we wouldn’t normally have. I urge you all to always remember to keep that perspective on money. There is so much more that God has to offer!