Third Day “I Need A Miracle”
I’m a big Third Day fan so when I heard this I just had to share it. This song may or may not have anything to do with the devotion. I’ll leave that up to the reader.
6 But godliness with contentment is great gain, 7 for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. 8 But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. 9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.
Fight the Good Fight of Faith
11 But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.13 I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before[b] Pontius Pilate made the good confession, 14 to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen. 1Timothy 6:6-16
This is the passage I am going to preach on this week. It’s Monday morning so I’ve just started pulling at the passage to pull out all of the nuggets of wisdom, and the pearls that challenge. What strikes me right away is verse seven; “for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world.” I always thought some anonymous pastor, or a comedian made up the expression, “I’ve never seen a hearse with a luggage rack.” Now I know it’s right there in Scripture. It’s funny how that happens. The more we study the Bible the more nuggets and pearls of wisdom we find have made their way into our cultural way of thinking.
Speaking of pearls here’s what I think is the hang up about money. God does not need money. Why would the creator of the universe be concerned with collecting little sheets of paper? I mean – God is God! Why would God care? What God wants is found in our hearts. God wants to speak into our hearts, and to hear what our hearts have to say in reply. The trouble is when we get too caught up in this world we quit looking to God as our friend. We quit looking to God for our help. We quit looking to God at all. And here’s the kicker. With every breath we take we breathe the name of God. God is that very force that keeps us alive, both physically and mentally. So when we cut ourselves off from God by chasing earthly things we are cutting ourselves off from that which gives us life.
Think of it this way. Imagine winning a trip to the moon on NASA’s next expedition. Imagine suiting up in a space suit and then stepping out on the surface of the moon. Then on this alien environment where it is 210 degrees in the sun, and -279.4 degrees in the shade with absolutely no oxygen, imagine taking off your helmet and taking a deep breath. I imagine that’s a pretty gruesome way to go. Although, perhaps it is not half so gruesome as what we do to ourselves every day when we chase after money and the things of this world instead of pursuing that which gives us life. I’m not talking about heaven. I am talking about right here, and right now. There really is more to this life than living and dyeing. God has so much more God wants us to have, and live into. Why is it we so often become distracted? Let us pursue God that we may live the life we were intended to live – abundantly, and let us live that life together.
In His Peace,