1 Timothy 6:10. 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.
There is a burden in prosperity. The love of money has taken many a person down. The rich pierce themselves through with many sorrows.
If a man’s heart is set upon being rich, such a man will pierce himself through with many sorrows: he looks upon the delight and glory of riches which appear outwardly, but he does not consider what piercing sorrows he may meet with in them. The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment – Jeremiah Burroughs
We often look at the rich of the world and want what they have. People look up to the rich and want the lifestyle of the rich and famous. However, what we don’t think about is the burdens that go along with this. To whom much is given, much is required. The more you have, the more other people want it. There is, also, more to watch over.
As Christians, it is so important that we be content with what God has given us. Being poor can be a blessing. A pastor has more responsibility. A boss has more to watch over. I am not saying you should be a loser and not try to live up to the gifts God has given you. What I am saying is you should not be coveteous of things or positions that God did not intend for you to be in.
This passage here in Timothy is talking about Christians who started to covet more than God intended them to have. Working extra hours got them out of church. They justified it by saying they could give more to missions, but never did. They erred from the faith. They quit believing the Bible. They became worldly. They added much sorrow to their life. We need to be content with where we are and the responsibilities God has given us.
The Kohathites in the Old Testament were responsible for the holiest things in the tabernacle. They were, also, the only ones who had to carry everything by hand on staves. They may have had all the limelight, but they also had the hardest service there was. God gives each of us a responsibility in the church. We need to do our part and be content and happy with where God has us. Being on the bottom, as the church janitor, is not always a bad thing.