When We Prosper

William C. Brownson

READ : 1 Timothy 6:17-19

As for those who in the present age are rich, command them not to be haughty, or to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but rather on God who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. (v. 17)

We saw yesterday that money is not evil. And being rich, if our wealth has been gained honestly, is certainly not a crime. If we don’t love it and are willing to share it, money can be a source of great blessing.

Paul urges Timothy to counsel wealthy believers along these lines:

  1. Don’t be haughty (all too often great affluence can foster great pride).
  2. Don’t set your hopes on riches (they may vanish, and you will eventually!)
  3. Hope in God (he provides for us all we need and brings us joy).
  4. Do good with your wealth; be generous and ready to share. Then you will be “rich” in the best way—in good deeds.

And what’s more, by using wealth in that way, Paul says (v. 19) that we will be laying up treasures for the future, sending our riches on ahead. And better still, we’ll be taking hold now of abundant life. Sounds like the love of giving is a root of all kinds of good!

PRAYER

Lord, so move our hearts that we will love giving more than getting.