Before you start making a mental list of friends who own boats or have a bigger house than you do, allow me to clarify who I’m addressing…
If you’re an American (or of a similar wealthy culture), you are rich.
Most Americans have full cupboards, refrigerators, garages, and even storage units. Cars are parked in the driveway because the garage is filled with toys we couldn’t fit in the house. And storage units are filled with the toys we couldn’t fit in the garage.
We use the term “starving” the moment our stomachs growl, but all that means is we don’t like any of the food in our cupboards, pantry, refrigerator, or freezer(s), and would rather eat someone else’s food.
Fact: If you make $37,000 annually or more, you are in the top 4% of wage earners in the world. In. The. World. Let that sink in for a moment.
If you are reading this on your own computer, tablet or smartphone, you are rich!
If you face problems like the air-conditioning unit going out, your Blu-Ray player not working, or your smartphone screen cracking, those are what we call #RichPeopleProblems.
Now that we’ve cleared that up, here are a few thoughts from the Apostle Paul about what we should do since we are rich…
Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. 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. By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may experience true life. – 1 Timothy 6:17–19 (NLT)
What if, instead of allowing money to burn a hole in our pockets, we allowed it to burn a hole in our hearts? (tweet this)
If we allowed God to have control of the finances He provides us with, I think we’d learn a revolutionary truth: The emptier my pockets get investing in eternity, the fuller my heart becomes! (tweet this)
Here are a couple stand-out principles I see in 1 Timothy 6…
Riches will fail me, but God will richly provide.
The only thing certain about riches is that they’re uncertain. Having money isn’t bad; it’s bad when money has you. The more money we get, the greater the risk becomes that the money will grip our hearts and we will begin to trust in it for happiness and hope. Ironically, although American money still says “In God We Trust,” money is one of the main things that proves we do not trust God.
It’s not about how much I have, it’s about what I do with it.
Whether you’re a business owner making millions, a student making thousands, or a teenager making dozens of dollars, if you have a revenue, you have a responsibility. Paul says to use your money to do good, be rich in good works, generous to those in need, and ready to share with others. In other words, be known for your works, not your wealth.
And don’t wait around for the lottery. The issue is not what we would do if we had millions; it’s what we are doing with the $100,000, $1,000, or $10 that we do have!
Giving on earth means gaining in heaven.
1 Timothy 6:19 promises eternal treasure, a future foundation, and the promise that generosity allows you to truly experience life! You can’t buy eternal life, but generosity is the key to learning what true life is about.
Whatever is given away can never be taken away! Stock markets crash, dollars depreciate, but souls live forever and are the best way to invest. There’s an eternal return on your investment.
Suggested reading: How To Be Rich – Andy Stanley
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The content of this blog post is from a message entitled Burning A Hole In My Heart that I taught as part of our series, Loosen The Grip. You can watch or listen to the message on the Awaken teaching archive.