The Wedding of All Weddings
Formal Attire Required – Part 5
Scripture Reading: 1 Timothy 6:18-19
Key Verse: 1 Timothy 6:18
Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others.
The books of Timothy are two letters to a young pastor named Timothy. It is written by the Apostle Paul, who mentored Timothy. In our suggested reading for today, Paul tells Timothy to tell the people to use their money to do good and to “be rich in good works.” This is what Jesus wanted those listening to Him to do, as He told the parable of the Kingdom in Matthew 22. The proper attire for the Kingdom of God is a heart for helping others. This proper attire is the outward sign of the inward work that God has accomplished by our faith in Jesus Christ.
Would you consider yourself as “rich in good works”? Let’s be honest, we work hard to be rich in many ways. We may not verbalize the idea of getting rich, but all of us certainly want to have enough to be comfortable. Jesus is not condemning that way of thinking unless it becomes the primary focus of our lives. The balance would be to stay hyper-sensitive to the Spirit’s voice when He points out a need that we should help with, while we make money working hard on our jobs. People with money can be great blessings to others who have not been so fortunate. It is not money that is evil, but the love of money that the Bible condemns. When we love money so much that we won’t give to the causes of God’s Kingdom, then money becomes a true stumbling block to our spiritual journey!
Is your money and your time in a godly balance? As far as our money, God gave a general guideline in the scriptures which is 10% of our income is to be given to the causes of the Kingdom. Though not specifically spoken of in the Bible, 10% of our time might be a good guideline to how much time to give to God’s Kingdom. Of course, we give 100% of our life and time to “being” Christ like in our world…no days off! (Continued)
Father, I want to be rich in good deeds. In Jesus’ Name, amen.