17 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. 18 Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. 19 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.
In 1 Timothy 6:3-10, Paul had dealt with those who did not possess wealth, but who deeply desired it. In these 3 verses Pail is addressing those who had it, and instructed them as to what their attitude should be toward it. They are not to be arrogant as if their wealth is deserved (1 Cor. 4:7–8; 1 Sam. 2:7). Nor must they put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain and transient. Instead, Christians should put their hope in God, who is the Source of all material things. Again material possessions are among those things God has given for our enjoyment and there’s nothing wrong with it. Yet Christians must not merely consume material possessions selfishly. Possessions are to be shared with those who have less. Thus Timothy was to charge the well-off to do good, to be rich, not ultimately in money, but in good deeds. The wealthy should make every effort to be generous and willing to share what they have. If they do this they will lay up treasure for themselves in heaven.
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
- What does this passage tell you about humanity?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
- Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.
When challenges come we can so easily forget where our identity comes from. Today take time to pause and be reminded of God’s love for you.