I have been spending some time reading through 1 Timothy.  As I have been doing that, given that Paul gives Timothy specific instructions to different groups of people, I have noticed how quickly I conclude that I do not have to worry about that part of Scripture. Let me give you an example. 1 Timothy 6:17-19 read:  

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. 

By default, I do not think that Kerri and I are rich, at least not in the sense that our culture would define us as “rich.” We were told when we moved into our home that rich people used to live in our neighborhood. The implied message seemed to confirm that we are not rich. So hey, the neighbor that told me that just gave me a pass 1 Timothy 6:17-19.  

Folks, it is easy to think that way. But my neighbors are not the ones who hold authority over Scripture. Even if we do not view ourselves as rich, these verses still have much to say to our souls. It is easy to think that my life would be better if I had more money. That kind of thinking sounds a lot like setting my hope on the uncertainty of riches instead of God. To protect us from going there in our souls, verse 18 gives us clear direction. We should be doing good, being rich in good works, and being generous and ready to share – that is another way of saying that we should be giving financially. Verse 19 unpacks how those steps impact us. Instead of getting caught in the trap of the size of my 401 (k) and the balance of my bank account, I will be living for God’s kingdom and eternal values. I will be embracing the true life that God alone offers. 

So instead of passing on these verses, I need to ask: Am I doing good? Am I rich in good works? Am I giving and sharing money and resources God has given me to share? As we prepare to worship on Sunday, please join me in asking yourself those questions. They are an invitation to take hold of true life.