1 Timothy 6 speaks of those who do not have many possessions yet have a strong desire for worldly attainments. These are the overly ambitious poor who have lost their moorings and are adrift on the sea of discontent. Solemnly the Scripture warns them of the tragic results of such driving desire, ambition, and expended energy.
The root cause of all these problems is the love of money, which in turn produces covetousness (1 Timothy 6:10). As children of God, we are to flee from these things and to pursue the following: (1) righteousness, (2) godliness, (3) faith, (4) love, (5) patience, and (6) meekness (1Timothy 6:11). These are the building blocks to a spiritually sound life of contentment. This passage of Scripture gives warnings to those who want to be rich.
1 Timothy then focuses on those who already have riches, holdings, and possessions. Danger zones exist for them just as they do for the poor – in fact, more in some cases. Whether by inheritance or God’s blessings upon their efforts, this group is greatly blessed with money and riches. Though it is not a sin to be rich, the Scripture wards Christians about the dangers of being rich (1 Timothy 6:17).
What sound advice to both groups! We either have money, or we do not. In either case, dangers exist, and the Bible warns us of them.