READ : 1 Timothy 6:17–21
As for the rich . . . 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. (v. 17)
Several important suggestions come to us from this verse. First, those who are wealthy in earthly goods should not trust in uncertain riches. Riches are uncertain! So let us not trust in them. Rather, let us be prepared to keep our testimony for Jesus Christ even if we wake up in poverty tomorrow morning.
Secondly, it is the living God “who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.” The things we have today are not of our making or doing. God has blessed us and has given us a knowledge of himself that enables us to enjoy all things as from him. He wants us to have a joyful life. However, he does not want us to be idolaters. It’s important not to worship things, but the God who gave them. That means that we appreciate the little or the much that we have as coming from him.
Thirdly, “do good . . . be rich in good works . . . be generous and ready to share” (v. 18). John Wesley once said, “Work as hard as you can; make as much as you can; and give as much as you can.” That helps us keep things in the proper perspective in our lives. (originally published December 19, 1978)
Lord, help me to see that my land, house, and financial holdings are to be used for your glory. May I never make them objects of my worship and security. Amen.