Today’s scripture: 1 Timothy 6:17-19
A few days ago, we read Paul’s warning that “the love of money is the root of
all kinds of evil.” Today’s verses are a reminder that riches themselves aren’t
evil. It’s what we do with them that can be.
If you have monetary wealth, you are blessed—as long as you keep your focus on
the Supplier of your wealth. Any riches you have aren’t yours. I know you may
like to think otherwise, but everything you have, including your money, is on
loan to you from God. He wants you to enjoy what He’s given you, but He also
expects you to bless others as you have been blessed.
I read somewhere (where and when I can’t remember) that if Christians in the
United States who are in the top ten percent of earners would really tithe to
ministry-minded churches, we could wipe out poverty in the U.S. And if they
gave twenty percent, it would take care of the world.
I mean, really. How much do you really need? And where is your money going?
Remember, you can’t take it with you, and I don’t know about you, but I don’t
want to stand in front of God one day and show Him my financial portfolio. And
I’m positive He wouldn’t care anyway. What I want is to be able to talk about
the missionaries my tithing supported or the children who were reached through
a reading program that my church invested in.
Certainly, enjoy whatever riches you’ve been blessed with. But make certain
you’re pleasing the Father by doing as Paul instructed: “do good, to be rich in
good works, to be generous and ready to share.”