Scripture

I Timothy 6:17-19

17 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 18 Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. 19 In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.

Reflection

We continue today in the sixth chapter of I Timothy. We looked at verses 6-11 yesterday where Paul says that,

“Godliness with contentment is great gain.”

“The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.”

And,

“Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”

As Paul nears the end of his letter to Timothy, he shifts gears from the challenge that he is offering to Timothy as a leader in his community to how he is to challenge others who are under his leadership and care.

“Command those who are rich in this present world,” Paul says before offering a few words of warning for how those blessed with wealth may be particularly vulnerable to wandering from the faith.

But connect those first few words in verse 17 with the positive instruction Paul offers in verse 18 like this.

”Command those who are rich in this present world… to be rich…”

I think that is a powerful word for us today. When we see ourselves as individuals created in the image of God who are a part of a worldwide family of others who we also believe have been given that same gift, we cannot help but recognize that we are all in the category of, “those who are rich in this present world.” We do ourselves no favor when we compare our lives to those who live down the street.

We have resources most in our world do not, but consider today how Paul presents this as a challenge AND an opportunity, “to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.”

Because the practice of generosity has had such a profound impact on my life, I want to challenge you today to consider… 

Is God challenging you to take a step forward in living more generously with the resources in your life? And if so, what steps do you need to take?

Prayer

Gracious God, I want to again begin today in an attitude of thankfulness for all you have given to me. I acknowledge Lord my abundance and I acknowledge the opportunity of that as well. I open my entire life to the movement of your Spirit. Lead me Lord deeper into an understanding of your love and commitment to expressing that love in every area of my life. AMEN.