Week Four – Day 7
DAY OF CELEBRATION AND REST
I recently came across a calculator on the internet (globalrichlist.com) that allowed me to type in my annual wage and see how rich I am compared to the rest of the world. I had always heard that the wealth of the West far outweighed that of the rest of the world, but I never really was able to understand it personally. Now I do. I am richer than 99.4% percent of the world.
The words of 1 Timothy 6:17-19, and other passages like it, are ones that I have passed over many times because I felt they didn’t apply to me. “I’m not rich!” Think again. This passage tells us two things about rich people: the first has to do with our attitude, the second has to do with our actions.
The rich are not to place their trust in their money because of its uncertainty. I don’t have enough fingers to count the times I thought I was “financially secure” and some unplanned bill showed up in my mailbox. God’s Word instructs us to put our trust in the Lord only, for He knows what we need and will provide for us (Matthew 6:33). He is trustworthy; money is not.
Secondly, the rich are to recognize that their wealth isn’t for their own indulgence, but for the Kingdom. God owns everything and gives freely, therefore we cannot and must not be hoarders with our cash but rather give generously as He gives to us. God provides financially not just for consumption but for reproduction— that of making disciples and furthering the Kingdom by investing in it.
This week, be challenged to understand that you are rich and God has mandated that we respond differently than the unbelieving world. Consider your attitude and actions when it comes to your affluence, and pray that God would motivate you to respond with great generosity.
Pray for the 1 billion people around the world – a majority being women and chldren – who are undernourished.
Pray for nations which are starving – every 3.6 seconds a person dies from hunger-related causes.
Pray for people to have clean and safe drinking water- every 6 seconds a child dies from impure drinking water.
“Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.” —
1 Timothy 6:17-19 NIV