1 Timothy 6:17-19 – Rich in Good Works

Today’s Reading: Jeremiah 37:1‐38:28, 1 Timothy 6:1‐21,Psalm 89:38‐52, Proverbs 25:28

Context: As Paul closes his letter, he urges Timothy to guard the gospel.  He also calls him to teach that there is “great gain in godliness with contentment” and the “love of money is a root of all kinds of evil” (v6 & 10).

1 Timothy 6:17-19 “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.  They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, 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.”

Observations:

  • Charge the rich(that is me)
    • Not to be haughty
    • Not to set their hope on riches
    • Set their hope on God
      • Who richly provides for us with everything to enjoy
  • Store up treasure ( a good foundation for the future)
    • Do good
    • Be rich in good works
    • Be generous and ready to share
  • Result: Take hold of that which is truly life.

Apply:  There is so much here!  As I function in and teach a culture that has been given so many material things, I must do good, be rich in good works and be generous and ready to share.  Specifically today, I want to look for an opportunity to be rich in good works.  I know that this is where true life is found.

How can you be rich in good works today?

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