Specific Text: 1 Timothy 6:6-12
History is full of battlefield speeches in which a rugged general stands in front of his warriors charging them up with strong, aggressive language. You've seen Paul compare the Christian life to wars and battles often, and at the end of this letter to Timothy (and also to you), Paul sits on top of his horse, so to speak, and pumps Timothy up starting in verse 11: PURSUE! FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT! Once you've overcome, TAKE HOLD of the spoils.
But Paul's rally starts with a command that a general would never give before a battle: FLEE! You've read over and over in the New Testament this year about your victorious King, Jesus Christ, who has won the battle and crushed sin and evil. When you have a savior like this, what could you possibly have to flee from?
The answer is yourself. Verse 9 reminds you that your temptations are a trap, and that your foolish and harmful desires can plunge you into ruin and destruction. The problem isn't money per se, it's the love of money. No matter how much of it you have, it will never be enough.
Temptations are such a dangerous enemy because they don't look like a enemy typically does. They're disguised, harmless looking, and lure you in. Even when you know it's wrong, your temptations try to trick you by telling you that you can handle them, and just a little bit won't hurt. The most dangerous enemy is one with nothing to lose, and the devil at this point has nothing to lose, so you can't beat him. Temptations will cause you to 'wander from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.' You need to FLEE from this.
Certainly money is a critical aspect to life; you can't live without it. The secret to not letting greed overcome you comes in verse 6: contentment. When you're not so consumed fighting you old sinful nature because you're content, you can use your energy to take the offensive and pursue righteousness, fight the good fight and take hold of the eternal life to which you were called.
Prayer For The Day: Dear Father in heaven; Thank you for the confidence I have knowing that Jesus has fought and won the victory on my behalf. Yet even still, my old sinful, greedy self continues to fight back and trap me with temptations and foolish desires. Give me the strength to be content with what I have, so that I can focus on becoming the person that you have redeemed me to be. Amen.