Command those who are rich in this present world
not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth.
—1 Timothy 6:17
Life is a trip between two “nothings.” We brought nothing into this world, and we will take nothing out of it (1 Tim. 6:7). Money is the currency of time, not eternity.
A love affair with wealth dead-ends in disappointment: “Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income” (Eccl. 5:10).
In 1 Tim. 6:17-18 Paul sorts out the negatives and positives of money.
On the negative side he warns of its dangers: pride (don’t be arrogant), and false security (don’t put your hope in it).
On the positive side he encourages the proper use of it (be generous and willing to share).
In a nutshell: don’t be proud, be good; don’t be selfish, be generous.
Your checkbook log reveals your priorities.