S (Scripture): 1 Timothy 6:6 Now godliness combined with contentment brings great profit. 7 For we have brought nothing into this world and so we cannot take a single thing out either. 8 But if we have food and shelter, we will be satisfied with that. 9 Those who long to be rich, however, stumble into temptation and a trap and many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is the root of all (kinds of) evils.
O (Observation): Paul shares thoughts on contentment. He points to those who long to be rich in this world. The desires of these folks (a love for money) causes their hearts to be worn…and that causes them to sin, to be tempted.
It’s just not worth it, says Paul. If you’ve got food and shelter, let the rest go.
A (Application): Um. Not much more to add here. The same pretty much goes for us today.
Except…we now live in a credit-heavy world. We now say, “I want it…and I want it now!” Even if we don’t have the cash for it.
What are you really losing out on, if you can’t afford that cool thing, if you can’t go see every movie in the theaters, if you can’t go to all of those concerts, if you can’t eat out all of the time? Let it go!
And don’t worry about acquiring a ton of stuff. You can’t take it with you when you die.
Ever seen a hearse with a roof rack??? Didn’t think so.
P (Prayer): Lord, give us this day our daily bread. Amen.