Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
Command those who are rich in this world’s goods not to be haughty or to set their hope on riches, which are uncertain, but on God who richly provides us with all things for our enjoyment. Tell them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, to be generous givers, sharing with others. In this way they will save up a treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the future and so lay hold of what is truly life. 1 Timothy 6.17-19
Jesus said in Matthew 19.23-24 that it is difficult for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven; that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle. It is not impossible to be rich and have salvation.
However, obedience to Paul’s instructions to Timothy on what to command those who are rich is rare to see. They are not to be arrogant or put their trust and hope in their riches. Money is uncertain. Here today and gone tomorrow! They should put their hope in God who provides us with all things. He not only provides but does so richly.
Timothy was to teach the rich to do good, to be generous givers sharing what they have with others. Their treasure is not to be stored here on earth where moth and dust corrupt and where thieves break in and steal, but their treasure is in heaven, Matthew 6.19-21. That is where their heart should be. Paul states that the future treasure is what is truly life.
In a sense we are all rich. We see in Acts 2.44-45 that the new Christians had all things in common and sold their property to help their brethren. Humility, generosity and the knowledge that God will richly provide for us are attitudes that we should all strive for in the here and now. Are you rich?