Contentment to storing up treasures…..That’s the path we’ve taken the last few weeks here at M & M Monday. I’ll get to this week’s passage in a moment. Did you know that we have a Bible Memory Group over at ScriptureTyper? You can join us there by clicking this link which you’ll find at the end of all our Monday posts.
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I shared 1 Timothy 6:17-19 in last week’s post and it’s a perfect verse to follow Matthew 6:19-21. Now that we’ve had a chance to look at where we are storing up treasure and thereby knowing where our heart is, we can now focus on how to store treasure that will be awaiting us in the future.
“As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on 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.” 1 Timothy 6:17-19
This is such a rich passage. We may not consider ourselves rich in this present age but we have more than most in the world and that would easily make this verse applicable to us. Timothy is to admonish the rich not to be proud as it’s the Lord who has given them all that they have. God has not just provided but has richly provided us with everything for our enjoyment. Nor are we to set our hopes on our riches. Don’t you think that it would be enough for us to set our hopes on God just knowing that He is our provider? Yet Paul reminds us of the fact that riches are fleeting. Our hope should be in the Lord for He will never leave us nor forsake us. Remember Hebrews 13:5 from a few weeks ago! When our hope is in the Lord, we will be able to say “I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content” just as Paul did.
Besides placing their hope in God, Paul tells the rich in this present age that they should do good, be rich in good works and generous and ready to share. Could another reason God gives riches be so we can be generous and share? We can be doing these things no matter the size of our bank accounts for if we are wise stewards of what the Lord has given us, we will have something to share. And even in times of poverty, the Macedonian church is our example in giving. The high point of this verse in my opinion is the end. As we store up treasure for the future, we will “take hold of that which is truly life’!
Where’s your hope – in your riches whether meager or substantial or in God? Have you taken hold of that which is truly life? May the Lord bless you this week as you meditate on and memorize this passage and allow Him to transform you through His Word!