These are the things you are to teach and insist on. 3 If anyone teaches otherwise and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, 4 they are conceited and understand nothing. They have an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions 5 and constant friction between people of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.
Paul winds up the discussion with Timothy focused upon learning to be content. He had discussed the misuse of benevolence among the people and told Timothy that people would try to take advantage of the kindness of the church–do not let them. Make families care for their own and make sure that people do not try to manipulate the truth for personal gain. He reminded Timothy to focus on what is critical not on the things that cause senseless arguing and strife. Mostly, though Paul reminded Timothy to teach and be content. As long as you have food to eat and clothes on our back one needs to be grateful and content.
Sadly, then and now, money has a hold on us all. We have to have money to live. In our culture, money not only buys things, but it gives power and influence. It is so easy to make money one’s daily obsession. Sadly, it never satisfies, and if allowed becomes Lord and Master. Paul reminds Timothy that becoming content with what one has is the basis for a great walk with God. Chasing money and things conversely lead to being miserable and destroying our lives. Our prayer needs to be one of gratefulness and humility. Never holding so tight to the things of this world that we lose our focus on Christ and His kingdom. Paul said it best in Philippians 4, “I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances, whether well fed or hungry living in plenty and in want, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Phil 4:12-13.
God Bless You