1 Timothy 6:6 Of course, there is great gain in godliness combined with contentment; 7 for we brought nothing into the world, so that we can take nothing out of it; 8 but if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these. 9 But those who want to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by 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 evil, and in their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains.
John D. Rockefeller was an American billionaire back in the early 1900s, more than 100 years ago. Adjusted for inflation, he’s believed to be the richest man in modern world history. When a reporter asked him, “How much money is enough?” Rockefeller famously replied “Just a little bit more”.
Americans like our stuff. And there’s nothing wrong with having nice stuff, enjoying it, sharing it. However, Paul warns us of the “love of money”, and all the things money can buy. When we’re always looking for more, it’s impossible to be content.
Yesterday I was driving home and had a thought related to this topic. I bought my car in early 2017 – and I really like it. I remember what a thrill it was to drive it home for the first time. The car had about 45,000 miles on it already so it wasn’t brand new, but it was new to me and I was in heaven behind the wheel. That said, as I was driving home yesterday I realized that 18 months later – I’m over it. Do I still enjoy it? Of course. But mostly it’s just a means of transportation. In the words of the late great B.B. King “The thrill is gone”. Such is life as it relates to material things.
Lord, the things of this world can never really satisfy, yet we can get trapped in a continual pursuit of “more”. Give us grace to be content with what we have, and to focus our aspirations on You. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.