FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5
As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future,
so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.
1 Timothy 6:17-19 (ESV)
GUARDING AGAINST GREED: HEAVENLY RICHES
A very old rich man, in declining health, finally gets serious about his eternal state. He goes to the local pastor and asks what he can do to account for the fact that he’s never given God much time or given the church a dime. The pastor just looks at him with that knowing expression that says, “Well, you finally got around to it, eh?” Convicted, the old miser finally says, “OK…how about if I give the church every cent I’ve got? Will that do it; will that guarantee I’ll go to heaven when I die–-if I give my entire fortune to you?” The Pastor paused a moment, then replied, “Well, it’s worth a try!” (Bishop J. Lawrence McCleskey)
1 Timothy 6 gives us a beautiful glimpse into handling our money. God wants us to stay humble about our money, don’t place our hope in money, and remember it all comes from God who is generous. In addition, we should be rich in good works and ready to share when God shows us a need. To be really rich, Jesus says that we must be rich toward God by laying up treasure in heaven.
In the sermon, Mike talked about money going from being a source of stress to a source of joy. What have you learned about money this week that could be the biggest help in money being a source of joy in your life? What’s one “good work” or way you could share this week to live out this verse?