The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it;
Psalm 24:1 (NIV)
We have learned that God is the owner of me, of what I have in my hands, of Creation, of what is on earth and those who inhabit it. Also, that we must put our trust in God and not in money. God is the one who takes care of us, He is the one who provides for us. Money cannot take God’s place in our live. Now we’ll remember that God is the one who has given us the money, the resources, the talents and the time that we have available to be generous.
Please let’s read the second part of 1 Timothy 6:17,18…
“17 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. 18 Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others”.
This verse speaks for itself. Let’s see what questions it answers:
- What should we use the money for? To do good.
- Whose money is that? Of God. God put it in our hands to administer it.
- In what should we be rich? In good deeds.
- What is the characteristic of a rich man, who is also a child of God? He has a generous heart. He is not stingy.
- Who are her/his priority when it comes to sharing? Think of those who are in need.
- What is his/her heart attitude? He/She is always willing to share with others. His/her hand is open, extended to give.
Reading these lines, I cannot imagine someone serious, grumpy and bitter. This passage is describing a person who is happy, sensitive, observant, a good listener, friendly, who moves to action. He or she is a generous, intelligent person, a person skilled in business, but also skillful in their dealings with people. Does this description look like you and me? Which characteristics do? Which don’t? What could you do these days to grow where you need in this description? In which area you may ask God or other friends of yours at PEER Servants to help you be generous? Can you see an opportunity to do good and share in these next few days? Where or to whom is God directing you to be generous? We are invited to listen to God, to observe and listen carefully to share. And you?
This is the fourth 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.