Wisdom for the wealthy

RE Verse reading–Luke 21:1-4, 1 Timothy 6:6-10, 17-19  (day three)  “They are to. . . be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share”  (1 Timothy 6:18)  Paul is training a young pastor (Timothy) for effective service.  One subject addressed is the proper use of wealth.  In vs 17, Paul writes, “instruct those who are rich in this present world”.  Notice the honesty and the absence of anger.  We Christians are not party to a class warfare between rich and poor.  God loves and instructs both categories.  He knows that neither poverty or wealth is the central issue of the soul. Our true identity and real opportunity is deeper than either situation.  The word choice for generous is helpful.  Eu+meta+didomi=good+over+to give.  Literally “to give over what is good”.  Those of us who have been blessed are taught by God to give, to help, to transfer resources to others.  Doing so prevents our good fortune from becoming a spiritual trap.  May the Lord give us ears to hear!

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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