“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” (1 Tim. 6:17-18).
Did you know you are the “rich” Paul is talking about in this passage? The United States is in the top 6% of the world’s richest countries. That means you are rich and you may not have even known it. We are a rich church. We have an embarrassment of riches, yet Paul reminds us not to feel bad about it, as it is for our enjoyment (6:17b). Rather, he encourages us to concentrate on being generous. I love this! That is us, you guys. Not only do we do this, but we should continue to be this way. We are rich in “deed” and “generous” and “willing to share”. We can be generous everyday of our lives and in great moments of need. Remember our Hurricane Katrina Relief effort (2005), the Tsunami Relief in Samoa (2009), the Tsunami Support for Japan (2011), the Benefit Concert for Joplin, Missouri (2011), or our most recent and greatest effort yet, the Hurricane Harvey & Hurricane Maria response of 2017? God has always moved in our hearts to give compassionately and generously. Bless you! Bless You! Bless You! God continues to open the artery of giving in our hearts and in our church. It is the cosmic principle of giving. When we give to God and others, God blesses us so that we can give again, more and more each time. God opens the heart of the believer and changes that person into the most generous of all. What a blessing it is to give! Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).