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1 Timothy

Sep 19, 2021 | Randy Gunter

Be Rich in Goodness

Be Rich in Goodness

17 As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. 18 They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, 19 thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life. 20 O Timothy, guard the deposit entrusted to you. Avoid the irreverent babble and contradictions of what is falsely called “knowledge,” 21 for by professing it some have swerved from the faith. Grace be with you. (1 Timothy 6:17-21 ESV)

9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10a For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. (1 Timothy 6:9-10a ESV)

The Bible doesn’t condemn riches. It doesn’t suggest that being rich is sinful, nor does it indicate that being rich is necessarily God’s blessing.

 Have the correct understanding of money.

The current state of the rich only lasts in this present age, at best.

 Entering eternity in Heaven or Hell, everyone will experience a complete economic reset.

Heaven rewards Christians for their faithful servitude to the Lord and his church and pays dividends from their generosity demonstrated to people in need and the church to help fulfill our mission.

Heaven’s economy and resources are never volatile; they are forever constant and perpetuate throughout eternity. Therefore, we should be purposeful to make investments now for the treasure we will experience in Heaven.  In other words, let’s use today’s money and possessions for purposes that are heavenly and eternal.

Jesus said, Lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. (Matthew 6:20 ESV)

 Have the proper attitude about what you possess.

Paul commands three imperatives.

  1. Don’t be haughty.

 Philippians 2:5-7

  1. Don’t set your hope on today’s uncertain riches.

 

 

  1. Set your hope on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.

 

 

Have suitable actions of one rich in Christ. 

When we repent from haughtiness and press toward humility in Christ, and we no longer set our hope in uncertain riches, finding our hope in Christ alone, then we will be free to live generously.  

 

People with riches are to do good.  

 

People with riches are to be rich in good works.  

 

People with riches are poised to share.  

 

“Religion begat prosperity and the daughter devoured the mother.” (Cotton Mather)

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