Rich Enough to Give
A devotion on 1 Timothy 6:17-19
Charge those who are rich in this present world that they not be arrogant, nor have their hope set on the uncertainty of riches, but on the living God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy; that they do good, that they be rich in good works, that they be ready to distribute, willing to share; laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold of eternal life.
–1 Timothy 6:17-19
Some of the most impactful gifts I have received are from those who don’t have much.
I remember multiple times throughout my college years where two of my closest friends, a married couple, would give me a donation towards a mission trip, new shoes I desperately needed, or just a love offering. The thing that made these gifts stand out was that they were students, just like me, struggling to make ends meet, but they were willing to share the little that they had.
In 1 Timothy 6:17-19, Paul instructs the rich to not cling to their wealth. He encourages them to trust in God, and to invest in doing good works, and to be willing to share what they have.
The main idea behind his instruction is that storing up treasures for ourselves here does us no good. We are to be looking towards heaven, and storing up treasures there. This kind of attitude is to apply to all Christians. We are all rich in comparison to many others.
We are to live with a willing attitude that seeks others’ good, even if that means giving up some of our money to help someone with less. The way we choose to spend our money should reflect the fact that we are looking more towards eternity than towards our present life.
Dear God, Please help me to relate to money in a way that puts You, Your kingdom, and Your people first. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
Have I submitted how I use my money to God? What has been the result?