The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it;
Psalm 24:1 (NIV)
Let’s read the first part of 1 Timothy 6:17,18:
“Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment …”
Let’s see some details:
This message is for the materially rich. It is for the people who have in our hands enough resources and services to live comfortably and with dignity.
Which is the message?
- Do not be proud. Realize that the proud think they don’t need God. They are sure that they, in their own strength, can achieve all things.
- Don’t trust your money. Why? Because it is unstable. It’s true! Today you have it, tomorrow you don’t, today it has one value, tomorrow it has another… and once you are dead, it’s not useful for you! In heaven you don’t need it!
- Where should you put your trust? In God. God is trustworthy, He does not change, He is Powerful, Provider, He is enough. God gives us in abundance what we need for us to enjoy. God is generous!
Please read Matthew 6:19-34. In this passage, Jesus encourages us to live as children of God, confident that God cares for us. It encourages us to place our daily concerns in God, and to put God as our priority. In Luke 12:15, 21 Jesus reminds us that life is not measured by how much you have and encourages us to be rich in our relationship with God.
We encourage you to answer God these questions:
- Where is my trust?
- What place does money hold in my heart?
- Do I spend more time with money than with God?
- Do I follow the rules of the world or those of Jesus regarding the use of money?
If necessary, ask for forgiveness. You can be sure that He forgives you. Now, make God your priority: set aside time each day to read the Bible and pray. Dare to be rich in your relationship with God, be generous with Him. Enjoy His love, include Him in your daily agenda.
This is the third in the “Steward and Share the Resources” series of blog posts on our Journey to Palpable Kingdom Presence and is prepared by Margarita and Hector Rivas from Potter’s House, our Guatemalan partner.