1 Timothy 6:3-10

About wrong teachers

Teach these things and tell people to obey them. 3 Some people teach a false message that is different. Their message does not agree with the true message that our Lord Jesus Christ taught. They do not teach people to live in a way that makes God happy. 4 People like that think that they are very clever. But they do not really understand anything. They like to argue about things which are not important. They like to quarrel about words. As a result, people become jealous of one another, and they become angry with each other. They insult other people and they think bad things about them. 5 Their minds have become confused and they argue all the time. They refuse to believe God's true message. They think that they will become rich if they say that they are serving God.

6 If we serve God and trust him, then our life is really rich. But we need to be happy with the things that we have. 7 When we were born, we brought nothing with us into this world. When we die, we cannot take anything with us out of the world. 8 So, if we have enough food and clothes, we should be happy with that.

6:6‘Really rich’ does not mean that Christians will have lots of money. It means that they will receive good things from God, to help them in their lives. God will make their spirits strong and happy.

9 But some people want to have lots of money. This leads them to do wrong things. They are like fools when they want things for themselves. They cannot get free from their bad ways, which only hurt them. In the end, the bad thoughts of those people destroy their lives. 10 When people like to have lots of money, that causes all kinds of bad things to happen. Some people have stopped believing the message about Christ because they just want to get more money. As a result, they have caused themselves to be very sad because they have many troubles.