Command those who are rich in this present age
not to be haughty,
nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God,
who gives us richly all things to enjoy.
Let them do good,
that they be rich in good works,
ready to give,
willing to share,
storing up for themselves
a good foundation for the time to come,
that they may lay hold on eternal life.
(1 Timothy 6:17-19)
LORD Jesus, we praise You for leaving Your throne, for coming down to live among us, for teaching us all things, for reaching out toward us, for healing us, for dying on the cross for our sins, for making a way for us to get to heaven, and for sending us the Comforter who will guide us in this world. Hallelujah! Forgive us, O God, we pray, whenever we fail to focus on the treasures of Your Kingdom. Give us wisdom to see that all the world will perish, but You remain. Everything in this world will wax old like a garment, which You will fold up, and it will be changed. But You are the same today and forever. We praise You, LORD. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.
Nothing is more uncertain than the wealth of this world;
many have had much of it one day and been stripped of all the next.
Context. Context. Context.
Did your pastor ever say that? If so, he surely did so to warn you of the danger of isolating and quoting verses “out of their context.” Why? Because this can easily turn into a misreading and misunderstanding of Scripture.
Let’s take verse 17 of today’s verses for an example. If we isolate it and therefore take it out of context, we might come to a conclusion like,
God gives us everything (all things) we ask for, and/or
God gives us wealth for ourselves to enjoy.
How about the next verse? Does it suggest that we should store up riches for ourselves? Does it tell us to have a good foundation built on things that serve as securities for the time to come? If the verse ended there, yes, but it does not. The wealthy Christians are told to “lay hold on eternal life.”
There is nothing wrong with being rich and receiving wealth in this world. It is important to remember, though, to always keep the right focus. How? We will find out in the next blog post.
Be rich in good works, ready to give, and willing to share today.