Have you noticed that we live in a world that is constantly telling us how to GET rich – how to acquire more money or things. But very, very few people are telling us how to BE rich – once you get rich, how to be good at being rich.
But there is a passage in the New Testament that addresses this very issue. Paul wrote a letter to his friend Timothy and gave him some advice on how to deal with rich people. He said:
Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others. By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may experience true life. (1 Timothy 6:17-20; NLT)
Maybe you are thinking that this series has nothing to do with you. But the problem is – nobody really knows where the line is between “rich” and “not rich.” You will never come to a place in your life in which you “cross the line” and realize that you are now rich – it doesn’t happen at 3:00 PM on a Wednesday.
So this week we are going to look at this elusive idea of “rich” and see if the words of Paul to Timothy might have something important to say to us.