“Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the Truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. 6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.” 1 Timothy 6:5-7.
There remain many false teachers who suppose material gain is proof of godliness. Such were the Pharisees of old and such are the Pharisees of new. Go tell one of those prosperity preachers or their followers any different and see how sharp their rebuke will be to you. It is not the money or material gain in and of itself that is the problem but the place it holds in our heart.
The more money the religious can obtain, the more religious works they can perform and the higher esteemed they are among their fellow religious. What I’m saying here, albeit poorly, is the money and material items is their life source. Again, it is not the money and material items that are demeaned here but the idolatry of these things.
“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.” 1 Timothy 6:10.
Before we are born again, our life source is often money. We need money to function in this world. Our entire lifestyle is focused around the all mighty dollar. I’m not just talking about the drug addicts and the drunkards who must have the money to fulfill their addiction. I’m also talking about the unbelieving “good people”. Those who do all of the “good” works for society and self righteousness, pride and esteem of man is their addiction. Their works are indeed good but how did it affect their heart is my question? Did it produce a humble heart or a prideful heart?
When our life source is money, whether saved or unsaved, our life source will deplete. This I can testify to personally. Sometimes there was more and at other times less. Money as an idol, however, is not faithful in the least. It was only after my Salvation, after I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour that my life source changed.
As a Child of God, our life source is the Holy Spirit. We now become a new creature in Christ as soon as we accept Jesus into our heart. Through our faith in Jesus and His finished work on Calvary’s Cross, the Holy Spirit is enabled to do what He is commissioned to do in every Child of God…free us from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2). He, the Holy Spirit, becomes our life source. We are now alive unto God and no longer dead in our sin and trespasses. Don’t misunderstand though, our faith is not in the power of the Holy Spirit, as even He will always point us to Jesus. Our faith is in Jesus, Who He is and what He has done on Calvary’s Cross and only then is the Holy Spirit enabled to do what He is commissioned to do in the Believer’s heart.
Just like a young child who runs to mom and dad for every need, the child’s faith is in their parents to supply their every need. Please pardon the analogy, but the child is alive unto the parent because the child’s faith is in the parent and the parent supplies the child’s life source to sustain life (physically speaking of course). Eventually, and as it should be in this world, the child matures and is no longer dependent on their parents for their life source and in return, the parent no longer supplies the life source.
“And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. 4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. 5 And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth Me.” Matthew 18:3-5.
The problem with many is their life source. “But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory BY CHRIST JESUS.” Philippians 4:19. They look to Jesus for their Salvation, rightly and thankfully so. Our Salvation is the single most important moment in our life. However, they don’t look to Jesus for their everyday living, therefore they have another life source…a life source which will deplete. As their faith is placed in this source of life to meet their needs, the Holy Spirit is no longer enabled to do what He is commissioned to do…be our life source, give us victory over our sin nature. We are now like the mature adult and independent of our life source.
Too many Christians, somehow believe that leaving their life source of child like faith in Jesus Christ is what leads to maturity. Emphatically NO! How does one continue to grow in the Lord without being fed by the Holy Spirit? 40 days of a purpose driven life isn’t our life source. Shemitahs, harbingers and blood moons isn’t our life source. “But He (Jesus) answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4.
When we consider the object of the need (money, motivation, etc.) the actual life source, and not the supplier of the need (Jesus Christ) our life source, we are not content in our gain but suppose that our gain is godliness (1 Timothy 6:5-6).
Who or what is your life source? Is your faith in the supply or in the Source of the supply – Jesus Christ?
-Donna Clark Warren