1 Timothy 6:17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;
1 Timothy 6:18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;
1 Timothy 6:19 Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
True riches come from God. Paul condemns those seeking wealth in verses 5-10, but in 6:17-19 he addresses those who are already wealthy. According to Paul’s illustration, wealth and property acquisition are not sinful provided that one is not seeking them from evil sources. Wealth can either be used for good or for evil, for selfish or for beneficent causes. Christians must use their wealth for good and wisely for God and human kind.
The very wealthy Jews usually derived their income from landowning; they rented out the land to tenant farmers or residents, or derived profits from crops grown on the land. A socially inferior but nonetheless wealthy class of merchants also arose, especially of ship owners. Wealth could be made in a variety of ways; not all of them are immoral.
The issue was not whether one had wealth but whether one used it for oneself or for others. God gives wealth to His children for the glorification of His Name by helping others and propagating His gospel with their substance. Paul does not reject wealth, but he also recognizes that material wealth is transitory. Still more important, people matter more than possessions, and in a world of unending human need, possessions are ultimately worthless compared with more important things one can do with one’s resources. As God blesses you in wealth, how many people are benefiting from it? Those you help play a crucial role in propagating the gospel.
Can God depend on your wealth for His Kingdom expansion? Your duty as rich persons is to help others and expand the Kingdom of God here on earth with your wealth by paying your tithes and first fruit, giving freewill donations, helping the less-privileged people in the society and blessing the servants of God.
MEMORY VERSE: 1Timothy 6:18 “Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share.”
PRAYER: O heavenly Father, bless me to be a blessing to others, making them a source of joy in Jesus Christ’s name. Amen.
READ – DAY: Act 21; Night: Prov. 5-6