Today began a 4 part series at church. This week was the intro lesson based on 1 Timothy 6:17a. I say “a” because the pastor just used the very beginning of the verse to make a point:
“Command those who are rich in this present world…”
Go back. Read it again…I’ll wait…now ask yourself, “Is that verse talking to me? Am I rich?” I know how I’d answer that question–heck no! I’m not rich. We’re making the most money we’ve ever made right now but we’re not rich. So, it’s easy for me to skip over this verse or the tons of other money verses in the Bible, because I don’t feel rich.
So, what is rich? Here’s some funny examples the pastor gave:
- people who have so much money, they eat out whenever they feel like it. Then because they ate too much they pay every month for a gym membership…that they never use!
- people who have so much money they replace their perfectly good refrigerator with another refrigerator just like it! They replace counters, with new counters!
- people who have so much money they can fill their closets with clothes then say, “I don’t have anything to wear!”
Is that you? I think we still have a gym membership in Bham. Anybody want to use it?
You’ve heard the statistics like 1 out of 5 people in the world live on less than $1 a day. So, when we see the word “rich” in this verse we need to listen up! The Bible’s talking about us. If you’ve got enough money to get online and read this…you’re probably RICH. Yikes!
The message didn’t end with a “gotcha” or anything–it was just kind of a set up to the rest of the series. But we ended with repeating this, “God has blessed me with more than I need. I’m rich.” And you know, it’s true. I’ve got more than I need. So for the next 3 weeks, we’ll be learning to be responsible, generous and wise with the wealth He’s given us. Or I guess I could just read 1 Timothy 6:17B to see what I should do next!
(I found this at Shannon‘s, not at church. But you just have to see it!)