1 Timothy 6:2b-10
These are the things you are to teach and insist on. 3 If anyone teaches otherwise and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, 4 they are conceited and understand nothing. They have an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions 5 and constant friction between people of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain. 6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9 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. 10 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.
I have to admit, I am stuck on the opening words of Paul in this section. He pulls no punches. Would I be prepared to go on the public record and say things like people who teach other than Jesus’ sound instruction are “conceited and understand nothing.”
These are bold words. This was a letter written to Timothy, and so may not have gone into public circulation, but Paul still wanted Timothy to be clear. There are people out there who are actually missing the point of Jesus entirely, for selfish gain.
In the midst of a strongly politically correct world, I am challenged to be zealous for keeping Jesus’ actual teachings, in love, front and centre in my life and in the lives of those around me.
Paul’s firey passion here is a call to step up. Not for quarrelling (he’s clearly against this in this passage), but to present the soundness of the truth about Jesus. For He is the Lord and Saviour of all, and nothing must be allowed to get in the way of people being able to come to Him. Especially sideshows that are driven by self-interest.
Lord, fill me with fresh passion to serve you Jesus, and teach others the plain truth of your word and ways!
Written by Ps. Rob Waugh