Scripture Reading: 1 Timothy 6:9–21
Key Verse: 1 Timothy 6:17
Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.
Admiral Arthur Radford once wrote, “In the Bible, and particularly in Jesus’ spiritual concepts of God and man, all men can find the key to victory, not only one evil system, but in the greater crusade against all falsehood. Mankind, however, appears to come slowly to the realization that freedom is not won and held solely by material means.”
Think about the truth of that statement in your own life. You have the key to victory, to ultimate freedom and triumph over all falsehood. Are you clinging to the hope of some material means to open the gates of freedom for you?
If you are, 1 Timothy 6:17 has a word for you: make sure that nothing becomes a stumbling block for you. True freedom comes when you fix the focus of your heart on Christ alone. Wealth, power, intelligence, beauty, status, politics, or even religious piety can lead quickly to bondage, especially when we desire these more than we desire Christ.
Turn to God and accept His principles for true freedom. He will faithfully supply all of your needs and give you victory over your trials. You will be truly free when all of your joy comes from Him.
Lord, I am so easily drawn to material things and temporal values that don’t last. Keep my mind fixed on You so that I may enjoy Your eternal riches.