Wednesday, November 25th

Wednesday, November 25th

Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share. 1 Timothy 6:17-18 (NASB)

Today's thoughts from today's verses:

We are talking about the necessity of God's mission for the world becoming our central purpose in life. Overcoming self absorption and developing an outward orientation to the world around us and the people in it is the key to this coming about. However, there is a component of self absorption that must be addressed if we are going to experience the kind of turn around we are talking about. The component of self-absorption we must deal with is our obsession with material wealth. What a great statement comes to us from the Apostle Paul in today's passage regarding material wealth.

The issue isn't "possession" of wealth, but rather "obsession" with wealth. The person who "fixes their hope on the uncertainty of riches" is obsessed with wealth. In contrast, we are to fix our hope on God, who "richly supplies us with all things to enjoy" and expects us "to be generous and ready to share." The "supply" of wealth that is in our possession is ours both to "enjoy" and "share." This passage gives a such a balanced understanding about material wealth. Consider for a moment what it means to be one who fixes their hope on God?

The person who fixes their hope on God is one who trusts God fully and yields themselves to him for a life of doing good and being rich in good works. Making God's mission for the world our central mission gives us the context in which we seek to do good and to be rich in good works. Doing good and being rich in good works quite routinely involves being generous and ready to share with others out of the supply of material wealth God brings our way.

Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:

Lord, I confess that I have struggled with trusting in material wealth. Deliver me from "obsession" and help me with the proper use of the material wealth that is in my "possession." Thank you for your faithful supply. I ask you to continue your work of making me into a person who participates fully and completely in your mission of compassion to the world. Amen!

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