We say, I would hope we would say, “I'd rather have Jesus.” I think most of us would mean it from our hearts when we said it. But does the pattern and habit of our lives, do the daily choices we make, really reflect that we would rather have Jesus.
The greatest tests of our faith comes not when we are down and out, but when things are going well. The greatest test of our heart throb is not in the thin soups of poverty, but in the fatness of riches. The greatest test of Israel's faith was when they were prospering. The prosperity of the the rich man made it harder for him to follow Jesus.
Thanksgiving is a time that we remember and enjoy the blessings from God. We should realize that if we are not careful, those same blessings of our abundance can cause us to stumble.
In 1 Timothy 6 we have specific instructions given to those who are rich in the things of this world. This is because those who are blessed with abundance in the things of this world have special considerations to take into account.
1 Timothy 6:3-5 false teachers promote material gain through following God.
1 Timothy 6:6-8 Contentment with basic needs is great gain through godliness.
1 Timothy 6:9-16 pursuit of riches destroys a life; live godly
1 Timothy 6:17-19 Teach Rich People how to live for God: