If only I were rich…

Today’s Scripture is 1 Timothy 6:17-19…

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.  In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.

Today’s blog post is by Rhonda Said…

How would you finish this sentence?  “If only I were rich, I would…”  Our first thoughts are likely things such as “pay off debt”, “take a vacation”, “buy a new car”, or “get the latest gadgets” because we define the word rich as having financial wealth. This is the type of wealth Paul is reminding Timothy to warn his parishioners about in 1 Timothy 6:17. Earthly riches are temporary and uncertain.  Financial wealth cannot be relied upon and does not bring true happiness in and of itself.

Instead, we should be encouraged to define the other ways in which we are truly rich (because we all are) and how we can share our wealth to help others, as God expects us to.  We can offer kind words of encouragement to a friend, we can lend a hand to a neighbor to complete a project, we can give a hug to someone who is feeling down, or we can give someone a ride to an event we are both attending.  We could also be generous with our time and talents in ways that spread the Gospel such as leading a small group Bible study, volunteering on a church committee, or participating in a mission trip.  Our hope should be in God and all of the great opportunities he provides us for our enjoyment.  It is through focusing on God that we are able to recognize our true wealth, a wealth that is not temporary, but one that becomes the firm foundation for our future eternal life with God.

So, I ask again, how would you finish this sentence? “If only I were rich, I would…”

Prayer for today:

Almighty Father,

Thank you for all of the riches in my life! Help me seek the opportunities You lay in front of me each day to share my time, talent, and treasure to help others and to spread Your Good News. When I place my hope in You, I feel the peace and grace of Your Spirit. As I continue my spiritual journey, encourage me to stretch beyond what I think I can do, and actually do what You know I can do. Amen.

3 thoughts on “If only I were rich…

  1. The word ‘true’ really popped out at me from today’s reading and post.

    First, Timothy asks us to separate earthly wealth with heavenly commands, ‘so that they (us) may take hold of the life that is TRULY life.’

    Then Rhonda draws a clear line for us around Timothy’s message when she says ‘It is through focusing on God that we are able to recognize our TRUE life.’

    Boy that’s good news! If all we are is what we ‘have’ here on earth, this world is a truly empty and sad place.

    What a game-changing difference just a day of walking with God can make to provide purpose and happiness in the very real world of His creation.

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  2. Money, money,money it’s hard not to think about it. Day in and Day out. Paying bills, buying groceries, gassing up the car, donating for a co-workers gift, giving to the homeless man on the corner, the clothes dryer has to be replaced and,,,,,,,,on and on. But try really hard and YOU CAN put cash in it’s place. It’s just a necessary nuisance.
    “It’s only money! “, my Dad use to say, after dealing with an unexpected expense, and we would all laugh! ( we did not have a lot of money)

    Spend time in nature, go to the beach, play a game with family, listen to music, visit friends and just talk and enjoy the company, help neighbors with projects, visit lonely people, attend church functions, build true loving friendships, volunteer to help others – these are the true riches of life. God provides what is truly valuable, people who care for other people. This is a truly rich life.

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  3. The stretch continues as the scripture reminds us in today’s life, what riches are important to our existence.
    The things of Christ makes us truly rich!

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