1 Timothy 6: 6- 10
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.
If there is any scripture that I think is relevant to young people, I think it is this one and I can say that if we seek God’s help to live by this scripture, we will do well. If I were to summarize the important lessons I have or still learning, these would be:
- Live within your means. God will give you everything you will ‘need’, not want. The way I am going with my life these days is to dependent on the Lord and bring my needs to him in prayer. What I need, I pray for and when God does not answer my specific prayer, I know that is not His will for me, full stop!
- When I pray for a need, it is up to God to decide how to meet it. I used to be ‘prescriptive’ in my requests to God – in other words, I would pray for a need and then suggest to God how He should answer the prayer. If I pray for job in order to meet needs for shelter and food, and school fees, etc, it is up to God to decide how to meet those needs. Sometimes I have seen God meeting my needs by keeping my expenses down or keeping me in good health – or keeping my mum in good health so that I am not having to need the money to meet those needs.
- Everything I have belongs to God – I am privileged to be a steward. So I pray for how I spend God’s money entrusted to me. There are times I feel led to meet certain needs and even if my money is not enough, I see God supplying what I need for where he is leading. It is a privilege to be generous as we are a channel of God’s blessings to the others.
- Remember it is the Love of Money – not the money itself, that is the root of all kinds of evil. My prayer and the discipline I seek for is not to love the money but God himself. Money has a way of seeking our allegiance and love – and it is a trap we must seek God’s help to deal with, just like in other areas such as sexual purity and other forms of greed.
- Use money as a means not an end. Use it to serve God’s purposes both for yourself and for His work.
Courtesy of Joshua Wathanga