True Riches

Ugandan Children

Children of Uganda

“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 Tim. 6:17-19)

Trust in God!

We are warned that we cannot serve two masters… money or Christ, one of these will win our affections (Mt. 6:24). We must not allow our affections to be lured into captivity. When we invest ourselves in true riches; like the goodness of an upright heart or the power of an enduring testimony, then our wealth carries eternal significance. I often remind folks that we must take ownership of our heart in order to put our trust in God… it will not just happen naturally.   

This World’s Wealth:

The world will try to tell you that riches and wealth are defined by how much money you have in your pocket or how much stuff you can pack into your barns. The issue is not the amount, it is the allure. Recently, we have seen how money can be lost overnight. Businesses close their doors, homes enter foreclosure and real people find themselves hurting, because they trusted in an unstable economic system. Anyone who listens to the reports on Wall Street can see that the environment is changing every minute… and not for the better. 

Reliable Foundation:

The Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy warning him to not trust in this World’s wealth. He told those who were wealthy not to be proud and arrogant nor to put their trust in their riches, because they cannot be relied upon. Instead he encouraged them to put their trust in God who provides all that we need (Phil 4:19). The goal is a reliable foundation!

Understanding Blessing:

Notice the issue is not the money as much as the trust. Trust is easily given when we understand our blessing in Christ. When anyone accepts Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior they are enriched with every spiritual blessing in Christ (Eph. 1:3). They are declared complete in Christ (Col. 2:10) which means they are capable of manifesting His character and power. In fact, the Apostle Paul refers to these spiritual blessings as “the unfathomable riches of Christ” (Eph. 3:8). Unfathomable means they are past finding out, unsearchable and beyond tracking down. The idea is that the believer’s blessings in Christ are too deep to measure and too great to be exhausted. But they are recognizable when invested in others. They are recognized as a good foundation for the time to come, when folks will need something of eternal value. What we must come to understand is that Christians are blessed… to be a blessing through the true riches of Christ!

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