Today's reading is the ending of the first letter to Timothy. In addition to final instructions and encouragements, there is a contrast between the lure of earthly riches and what is truly valuable. Money can lead people astray and cause them to do all sorts of evil and destructive things, and so leaders in the church must keep a clear eye about money -- the minister, most of all. However, the good fight for faith is filled with things worth much more than money -- godliness, love, gentleness, endurance. Those who live in this way store treasures in heaven, which dwarf the riches of earth.