In today’s episode we discover how the Bible defines great wealth.
Over the last four years, I’ve had the blessing of witnessing three children being born all to my wife and I, the most recent being just eight days ago in the hospital, my wife gave birth to a beautiful little girl, beautiful little healthy girl named Eiley Joy Smith and every time I’m just filled with so much joy and so much possibility, but there’s always this one little kind of side note that I observe in this process.
Have you seen this when you’ve been around infants? When an infant is born, when a person is welcomed into this life, there’s one thing that they’re always doing. They’re always grabbing, they’re always reaching, they’re always pumping those fingers and you can pretty quickly stick your fingers into their hand and they’ll just grip it.
And it’s a wonderful feeling as a parent to have that little baby wrap their hand around their finger. This I share with you because this is how every single one of us begin our life on planet earth. And each one of us ends our life by laying those same hands open so that all that we have grabbed, all that we have achieved, all that we have drawn to ourselves remains here on planet earth where we found it.
Hello and welcome to the Cheerful Money Podcast. My name is Guy Smith and you are joining me for episode number 12 of the show that is dedicated to helping you create financial margin to give more generously and live more freely. And we achieve that by being disciplined. We achieved that by setting goals and achieving them. We achieve that by diving into mining into God’s word to find out what is it that he has for us as followers of Jesus to live our lives as pertains to our finances.
How can we do money God’s way? How can we live in a way and handle our money in a way that is a, is honoring and glorifying to him? So thank you for joining me today. I appreciate you taking some time out of your day. No matter what it is you’re doing, if you’re riding in the car or the lawnmower or the train or a boat or an airplane, or you’re out for a walk, whatever it is that you’re doing today.
I don’t know if you’re like me, you probably listened to podcast while you’re doing something. And that’s the attraction of a podcast is that I don’t have to be sitting in front of my screen. I don’t have to be watching a video. I don’t, it doesn’t require your eyes. It doesn’t require that you are watching or reading. So it’s a very, attractive and helpful medium for me. I spend a lot of times sitting on my, with the sound, deafening earphones, the construction worker, jack hammer earphones, right, where I can listen to podcasts on the lawn mower.
And I learned a lot. I’m encouraged a lot. and I, am excited to be delivering something that I hope will be helpful to you in your, in your life and in your walk with Christ and with your finances so that you and your family can do better with your money.
Because if you haven’t learned yet, you will learn eventually as you go through life. you can try, try, try. Thank you. Can’t think you can’t think you can. But at the end of the day, at the end of the tiring run the entire thing push you.
Find out that if you just sit down, trust God and ask him how he would handle it by looking at his word and his people and seeking him in prayer, you will find out that that is ultimately the best way to live because it is the way designed by our maker, our Lord and Savior. So, I want to thank you for joining me again. if you want to learn more about what tearful money podcast is all about, you can visit www.cheerfulmoney.com you can shoot me an email, that is email@example.com guy. I hope you’re enjoying these podcasts if you’re listening along.
I mean, we had a little bit of a lull, there a little bit a couple months ago. And a lot of that is, we kind of kind of figured out my, my footprint, kind of figure out where I’m going with this. And then I can’t say with utmost confidence of what exactly is going to come of this podcast or this, the side business, if you will, or whatever it may be. But trying to kind of pin that down in any information, any feed back that I can get from you through email or through a reviews would be ever so helpful because that would let me know, not well, let me know one that you’re out there and that you’re listening, and enjoying this, hopefully or, and beyond that it will let me know. What is it that you’re looking for? Why are you here?
Why are you still here if you are still here? And, hello? Hello? Hello? Yep. Yep. All right. So, um, I would love that feedback would be wonderful. So onto today’s topic. Like I said at the beginning, it’s interesting to me. I, I’m a father of three. I’ve, we’ve got a kid born in 2015, 2017 and now 2019. So we’re kind of working the odd numbers. I told my wife we’re just going to go, you know, every other week, every other year as far as we can. Nah, she would, she would not approve of that. But, um, we’re having a great time with that and, and, and what’s really neat, I love observing my children now. I’m not one of those, I’m not like a psychologist. I’m not this like put my, you know, sit in the living room and just watch my kids with a yellow notepad and write, you know, write down all these little things that I see like a psychologist or a scientist who’s treating their kids like rap.
I like lab rats. I don’t, I don’t do anything like that, but my, what I get to a joy just seeing little things that they do, and little ways that you see like their minds opening up. You see their skills opening up, you see there you see them like transformed from, from little infants to eventually become like these that you see. Like they become more and more independent, more and more like functioning little people. Right. Which is all, or part of the goal of parenting is I want to see my kids kind of grow up to be functioning healthy, live on their own, do awesome at life kind of people. I want that. So it’s neat when we see new things happen with our, with our kids. And one of the things that I, I’m always observing is the he little, and maybe this is the pastor in me.
Maybe this is the Christian in me in the label it whatever you you feel like or, or don’t if you don’t mind. Um, but one of the things that always stands out to me is their human nature, their normal human tendencies that, that you know, there are things you don’t have to teach your children. Like I have a friend at church one time that his son was I think four or five years old at the time when he was doing something bad, he was being disobedient. And my friend just looked at me and smiled and said, well, you know, he’s, he’s a little sinner. What can I tell you? I mean, this is, are we, is it just a little sinner? And it sounds kind of funny. Like I kind of chuckle. We chuckle when we say that, but you know, obviously the wages of all sin is death.
We believe that each, everybody needs to be saved. So it’s, it’s, it’s funny, but it’s not funny. Funny because, you know, we don’t, you know, anyway, I don’t, I don’t want to get too far off track here, but, um, but the point is what he was observed and what I’m always observing is the human nature in our children. And like for like, I don’t have to teach my kids to lie. They’re good at it. I don’t have to teach them to be disobedient there. They’re really good at it. As soon as they’re able, they will. And just like I mentioned at the beginning, before the, the wonderful intro intro music, one of the things I always see is that my kids are grabbing for things from day one, from the first minute. It’s amazing. Like they, they, they, they lay, they lay my daughter on my wife’s chest and I can reach right over and she’ll squeeze my finger.
And I’m sure there are like, you know, parental kind of like innate things in her that are doing that for comfort and just for safety. But, but what I see in that is that every person that’s born is, has this go get it, grab it, kind of always reaching for more kind of, approach to life. And, and, and you see that if you’ve ever been, we started life’s like that. We live our lives like that. And then if you’ve ever been with someone when they passed away from this life, you will notice that the exact opposite happens. Their hands fall open and lay open on the sides of the bed as if it’s God’s way of saying, release it, not just release your body. And we release your body, release your soul to me. You can go a lot of different directions with this, but when, when we think about stuff, we think about money.
We think about things of this world that were out, going to get all the things that I put in my house. I tried to fill my house up with more, get more than everybody else’s. I know nicer things, bigger things, better things. More and more and more and more. Like if I have my house and stuff to the brand, my attic, everything, my garage, I got to go get a a u, haul a parking on the side yard. I got to go get a storage unit and a by my own storage unit just so I can do it on my own. Right. But like at the end of our life, our hands lay open and it all stays here. How about that? How about that? What was it you think of that? What do you think of that?
I mean, I’m just sitting here in my basement drinking my Dunkin donuts, pour over coffee in my Yeti.
Kids are napping and my wife’s writing upstairs and I’m just down here in the basement just thinking about what I’m getting, what I’m achieving, what is my…what do I want my life to look like better? Yet, what does God want my life to look like? Because as I seek to follow God and handle my money, how he calls me to, what do I want? Because I know as well as you know, this isn’t news, right? This isn’t news to anybody to say, well, yeah, you’re born with nothing. You would die with nothing. You leave it all behind. Nobody’s, nobody’s. I’ve never seen a hearse followed by U-haul. You’ve probably heard that pulpit joke a thousand times in your life.
Ultimately we leave it all behind, but this is one of the things that the Bible teaches us as we seek to be godly. We’re taught that we are to be content because there’s a secret to great wealth. And at the end of my life I want to have achieved this, said great wealth and the world is going to tell me that what is great wealth. The world is going to tell me that great wealth is a humongous 401k, a Roth Ira that’s busting at the seams. By the time I retire, I need to have a nest egg that’s so, so big, so stuffed full that not only is it going to get me to a hundred years old, but it might even get my kids to a hundred years old that’s making it, that’s passing on to the next generation. Enough wealth to say, I’ve done well. Right? I’ve done it like, and we have this, this desire, this run after Rich’s in us that can be dangerous.
So I want to show you the answers to these kind of questions that are bouncing around in my head right now. Um, so I want to pull these from, from God’s word, from the book of First Timothy. So this is the apostle Paul’s first letter to Timothy, who was kind of an apprentice. He was a young pastor in Ephesus that, that Paul was helping to encourage. And he’s his kind of one of his proteges, if you will. And he writes this letter to encourage Timothy, to pastor as God the pastor, as God would have him to pastor to lead the church in a way that he should lead the church to preach the word and the way he should preach the word and to constantly be teaching the people of his church and of his community what it means to follow Christ and what leadership in the church should truly look like.
And near the end of the letter, and in chapter six, he takes an interesting shift, at least I consider it a little bit interesting because we move away from church leadership. We move away from widows and elders and slaves and, and being good servants. And instead we turn towards true riches and how to handle wealth as a rich person. And we all know as Americans, if you’re in America or if you’re in, honestly, if you can listen to this, you’re probably doing quite well, but he had the answer a lot of these questions for us, so I want to pick up in first Timothy chapter six verse six and I want to show you right at the beginning here, this is the answer to being to having great wealth as what we’re seeking. Verse six says, yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. True Godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. Wow, okay.
Does that not spark some things in your mind or in your heart? I want to have great wealth, but in my pursuit of great wealth, I so often think that great wealth is the humongous Roth Ira or, or, or the house with more bedrooms than what I can can fill up with children or something like that. Like, like it’s having the nicer everything, the better. Everything. We’re told that the used car is not good enough, that if you have four kids, you have to have four bedrooms or five bedrooms so they can each have their own bedroom, that every bedroom has to have a 42 inch flat screen TV with cable and Internet and an xbox. Okay.
That the basement has to be finished and fell down to this amazing game room that everything we had, it have to be the best, has to be the top of the heap kind of stuff. We’re told by our culture, the great wealth is to continue to grab and amass more and more and more and more. But God says, if you truly want to be godly, okay, and if you truly want great wealth, it is to seek godliness, to seek to be more like how God calls you to be and be content with what he is a blessed you with. And that my friends is what God says great wealth is contentment means I can have peace. It means I can have a rest. It means that that I can look at what I have and what God has given me and what I have earned with my hard work. Okay?
And I can be okay with what I have, that I can look at what I have and not think, oh, I wish I had more. I wish I had better. I wish I had a nicer, I wish I had knew her, but instead I can look at it and say, I have enough. I have enough. Like I’m good. Right? Like I’m good. And this is the beauty of the wearer of the direction that this goes. Here’s what happens next. The very next thing that Paul wants us to know, he says, yet true godliness with contentment and is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us. When we came into the world, we were born naked. I’ve seen it three times alive. I were born naked. Nothing, okay.
And when we take any, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave the world. You probably won’t die naked, but you leave everything with you when you die. As a pastor. I’ve seen this too. It’s one of the neat things about being a pastor is where a lot of times people will say a pastor’s not really at play with real world because you spend so much time in the church or with Christians. But I, I really didn’t. I really, I really deny that. I, I don’t accept that because a pastor is at play in people’s lives at, at the joyful beginning and at the painful end and it all the ups and downs. Good, bad, and otherwise in the middle, these people want to talk to the pastor. So we get to see real life. We get to walk with people in real life. And whenever someone passes away, I’ve seen it.
Okay. Their hands lay open and everything stays behind. The next verse says, so if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content. Wow. So you want great wealth. You’ve got to seek godliness, okay.
And be content because you didn’t bring nothing here. You Ain’t taking nothing with Ya. So if you have enough food and you have enough clothing, just be content, man. You got everything you need, God’s hooking you up. So if you’ve got yourself a pair of PJ’s and an Egg McMuffin, praise the Lord. You got enough. I mean, I’m telling you, you got, you got a sheet to cover yourself so that you can walk out in public, okay?
And you got rice for the day. Praise the Lord. Let’s be content. Let’s be condemned. It’s a beautiful thing because as you’ll see in the verses to calm the people who longed to be rich fall into temptation. Chat by all kinds of foolish and harmful things because we fall in love with money. It’s a trap. There are so many snares attached to our money, so many fears, so many risks, so many things that inside of that craving for more and more and more that we wonder from the true faith and were pierced by them and with many sorrows, you can continue to read that and you can see that as it goes. But God says, Hey [inaudible], hey, I’m fully aware that wealth, that Rich’s comes with temptation, it comes with a risk. It comes with all of these snares. It comes with all of these piercings, all of these possibilities. But if you truly want great wealth, God says, seek after me and my, and he will give us everything that we need in this life. We’re not good at needs. I ain’t going to needs, I have never in my life, even in some times doing mission work where we were intentionally living on less. I’ve still even in that, okay.
Never really felt need in that sense. And is that I’ve lived at such a high level of getting what I want, that I’ve always had what I need. Because what I need is the very basics, right? I just need the bare bones basics. That’s all God promises us. They didn’t promise you a mansion on the hill. He doesn’t promise you a brand new Lincoln. He promises you that if you seek him with all your heart, all your mind, soul, and strength, and you attach onto that some contentment. He didn’t give you all you need. He didn’t give you food for the day. He’s gonna give you clothing for the day. He’ll give you some shelter, he’s going to take care of you and that it’s hard to believe. Right? That’s great wealth, great wealth. It’s true godliness with contentment. So I hope that that’s encouraging to you. I hope that I’ll let you know. You know, you know, I want you to be ambitious. I want you to go get some stuff. I want you to go climb that ladder. I want you to win. But so often the reason why we’re upside down on our houses, on our mortgages, on our car loans, and on our credit cards, deep and deep and deep and dead, or the reasons why we have $100,000 worth of student loans powered up. It’s not because we’re seeking godliness with contentment.
Yeah. It’s because we’re chasing after something that the world tells us we have to have and God says at the end of the day, hey, you weren’t great wealth. You want to make it in this life, seek godliness and be content. Yeah. With what I give you. Okay?
Because at the end of your life, you’re not going to look back and say, whoa. Yeah, I had the biggest boat in the whole bay. Nah, Nah. You’re gonna look back and you’re going to say, look at all the time I got to spend with my children. Look at those walks. I got to go on. Look it. I was there to see them born. I was there to see them walk. I was there to love them through every stage of their life. What a blessing. Let’s be godly and content.
Okay and have that great wealth that God has promised us. First Timothy Chapter six if you want to look into that a little bit more. Well I want to thank you so much for joining me for this episode. I hope that was informative and encouraging and help guides you along your path of creating financial margin to give more generously and live more freely. Go and live free. Follow God’s way with finances and you will win financially and you will be a great representative of his name for his honor and for his glory. I love you. I thank you. If you want to talk, shoot me an email. It’s a firstname.lastname@example.org thanks so much.
Have a blessed rest of your day.