Moring Musings: 1 Timothy 6:17-19

As this new year dawns, I am now six months into this venture. It came after a long period of thinking about it, with much encouragement from several sources, most notably my beautiful bride. Thus far it has proved to be more work than I imagined, but also more satisfying. I love to write and this provides an outlet for that. More importantly, you, the good folks who take time out of your day several times a week to read what I have to say, make it possible. Thank you for your time, your thoughts, and your willingness to share when something has struck your fancy. I am looking forward to what the future brings. Happy New Year! Here is 2018’s inaugural Morning Musing. And stay tuned for yesterday’s sermon this afternoon. We’ll talk about how to have the best new year yet. Blessings to you!

“As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes in the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.  They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.”  (ESV – Read the chapter)

To borrow a bit from an idea that Andy Stanley has been proclaiming for several years, there is nothing inherently wrong with being rich.  The problem is that most people who are rich aren’t very good at it.  Most rich people think their resources are primarily for them.  They think they own them.  They think they can do with them mostly as they please.  If that’s how you are being rich, you’re not doing it right. Instead, if you are rich, you need to be constantly aware of the fact that your stuff isn’t really yours at all.  It is rather God’s.  He owns it and has entrusted it to you for the time being because He plans for you to accomplish His plans with it.  If you use it to advance your own ends, you’re doing it wrong.

Also, if you are rich, you need to make certain that you are not sinking your hope in your riches.  If you look to your resources to be the thing that will be there for you when the world falls apart, you are going to be sorely disappointed.  Wealth is temporary, transitory stuff.  As several major stock market crashes should have taught us well, it can indeed be here today and gone tomorrow.  Instead, you need to put your hope in the one who richly provides, that is, in God.

And, if you are rich and are under the impression that your stuff is mostly there to be used for your benefit, you aren’t doing it right.  To be good at being rich, you need to be active in using your resources to accomplish good works.  Strive to be as rich in good works as you are in money.  Be generous with what you have because God has been generous with you.  This is a better way to save and invest for the long-term future than any mutual fund or IRA or stock market scheme.

If you are rich, this is how you do it well.  There’s just one more thing to know here: You are rich.  I know, I know, you don’t feel like you’re rich.  There are no doubt a whole lot of people who are a whole lot richer than you (unless you happen to be on that Forbes top 50 list, in which case I’d like to talk with you about this investment idea I’ve had…).  But, when you broaden your comparison out from our culture to the world at large, all of a sudden, the number of people who are a whole lot poorer than you is a much, much higher number than the folks who are richer than you.  In fact, it’s not even close.

If you’re read this on your personal computer…you’re rich.  If you’re reading this on your smart phone…you’re rich.  If you’re reading this during your free time, time you don’t have to spend working…you’re rich.  Face it: You are rich.  You might as well start practicing to get better at it.

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