1 Timothy 6:17-19 NIV
"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. Command them to
do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. 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."
We are a nation, a people who have been richly blessed in this present world. In comparison to the rest of the world even our average income families are far wealthier than most people around the world.
In the current economic situation many of us have placed too much hope in our financial savings. Every day we hear how people are losing money rapidly in the stock market. For a great number of people that money was for retirement. I know we had been looking at our different retirement funds, feeling fairly confident in a reasonably comfortable retirement. Thank God that is quite a few years off and we are still hoping for financial recovery.
Paul's words to Timothy in verses 17-19 are such a powerful reminder that we are to put our hope in God, who richly provides for us, not in our financial standings. Because we are blessed by God, not matter what our current financial status, we are to be generous with whatever we have. In this way we not only honor God and the privilege of being a Christ follower but we "lay up treasure for ourselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that we may take hold of the life THAT IS TRULY LIFE."
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Tuesday Together in the Word
I've just joined the group, Tuesdays Together in the Word. This week we were reading in 1 Timothy. Today, as I read 1 Timothy 6:17-19, it was as if he was writing for this time in history; God's Word is timely and timeless.