WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19
Author: Rev. Cody Jensen, Pastor for Become
FROM THE BIBLE
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.
1 Timothy 6:17-19
Paul’s words in this text are poignant, deliberate, and straightforward. He is clear about who he is speaking to and the commanded actions to follow. His repetitive use of the word command suggests a sentiment of seriousness to what he’s commanding. So, we find that those who are rich are to be modest or humble and not put their hope in their riches but in God. We also find that those who are rich are to do good, be generous, and be willing to share. But why? Why can’t those who are rich keep their riches for themselves?
The words of Jesus point us to the fact that money can lure and entice us. It has the ability and power to control our hearts and direct our ways. This is why Jesus spoke of it more than any other subject.
He reminds us that “no one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You can’t serve both God and money.”
This is a passage of scripture that is anything but gray. It is black and white. What is clear is that money can become your master. So, what is the serum needed against such a powerful force? It is Paul’s, not advice, but command to be generous, do good deeds, and share with people.
In the weeks ahead, sit down, look at your finances, and begin asking the questions: in what ways am I being generous, in what ways am I sharing with others, and in what ways can I do more? Then begin to act. Begin to give generously. Buy a friend’s meal, give raises to those within your organization, help pay off others’ hospital bills, etc. There are endless ways in which you can be generous.
Ultimately, are you using your riches to further God’s Kingdom? After all, what you possess, earn, and have, has all been given to you by God.
Gracious God, examine our hearts so that we might see the footholds of greed and arrogance. Break our bonds to money and seeking to be rich. Ground us in Your ways and in your commands. Keep us from choosing anyone or anything over You. We ask this in Jesus’ name, amen.