The tremendous stewardship message that Pastor preached this past Sunday reminded me of additional teaching on the money and materials I possess in 1 Timothy 6: 17-19: “Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.”
Whether I think I’m rich or not, these verses apply to me with what God has given me. I am not to think myself as better than anyone else because of my wealth, nor am I to totally rely on my wealth. What if I lost all or a significant part of my wealth? I would want to respond like godly Job did. Note that God gives our wealth to us to enjoy. But please also note that God tells us HOW TO ENJOY what He gives us in verse 18.
All these terms speak of using my wealth in His name for the opportunities He brings my way to help His cause. This is how all the ministries of the church are funded; all the benevolent opportunities; all the mission fields; and the list is long. So, do I think all the time on what hobbies, vacations, entertainments, etc. I can spend my wealth on [spend some of it on these things!] or can I truly enjoy looking and spending some of my wealth on the ministries that God makes me aware of? That is what verse 19 is challenging me to do – consider that I will stand at the Judgment Seat of Christ in the future and I can earn eternal rewards for the wise use of my wealth now. So, my brethren, enjoy your wealth!