Accountable to God: Day 38

February 29, 2012

Today’s Text: 1 Timothy 6:18

Today’s Key Thought: Since I have more, I should do more and give more
Timothy was charged by the Apostle Paul to tell rich people that they should do good. This “do good” is not just the idea of everyday good deeds, this is good deeds that only rich people can do. Rich people have the opportunity to leverage their extra for the sake of others. Rich people have extra. Most people in the world don’t have Saturday & Sunday off. Rich people are rich in options to do stuff. Rich people ask themselves “how to do I fill my extra time?” Rich people say “I will spend my extra on me!” God through Paul says that is NOT “how to be rich”. Those who are rich often regret the extra time spent, but those who do good works for others never come back saying what a time of time it was. God urges rich people to give like only a rich person can give. The same is true of our money as is with our time as rich people we are rich in options for our money. We live in a country that is full of options; new gadgets, new things to wear, new toys to upgrade, and consequently we are tempted do exactly what we are programmed by our society, we spend all our extra money on ourselves. God says spending all your extra money is not how to be rich, it is how to be selfish.

Application:
You are RICH! As a rich person and steward of God’s finances you need to live life with a plan. You need to plan to first commit to give your time. Rich people think ahead and invest. Think through your time, I have ___ weeks off, I will take ___ amount of time and give ___ amount of time away to others. When you do you will find that your heart follows your treasure of time. If you don’t you will look back at a life full of good, medium, and awful movies, parties, vacations and not have lived a life rich in good works. Second you need to commit to give your money as a percentage giver. You need to ask yourself before I spend any on me (leftovers) I will tithe, maybe commit to increase it, give to predetermined charities and give to predetermine ministries. That’s being rich God’s way!

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2 thoughts on “Accountable to God: Day 38

  1. Laura

    We definitely live in a society that has its own definition of “rich”. We are constantly trying to keep up with the “Jones”. We talk about a class system. Words like: poor, middle class, rich, and well to do echo throughout our society. No one wants to be classified as poor. But what really is poor? In America our reality of “poor” is quite different than some one who lives in a third world country. They would consider the poorest of the poor here in the United States rich in comparison. Most people in the world have never made a phone call, let alone own one. Most people around the world don’t have a bed to sleep on. I consider myself rich. We should spend less time worrying about what don’t have and more on what we do.
    This devotional comes at a great time for our church. Starting in March we kick off our Missions month. This is actually one of my favorite months. This is a great opportunity for us to schedule our time to come listen to missionaries, give what we can to missionaries, and show our support. Without the church, missionaries would not be able to go out into the field and be a witness to people all over the world. The least we can do is help send them and support them financially and emotionally. Take time out to pray for the missionaries that are coming and all the ones we support at Sonshine.
    We talked last week about money and budgeting. Budgeting our money allows us to be a blessing to others. We can also budget our time as well. Both are important. Being rich God’s way looks very different than being rich the way our society says. Next time you have a “wind fall” on a birthday or at Christmas, certainly enjoy the extra money, but also stop a minute to think how you can use the increase to further God’s kingdom,

  2. This reminds me if the movie courageous. At the part where haviere gets his suit for the resolution and he’s like I feel like a rich man. His wife was like you are a rich man. You have a wife that adores you children that love you and a strong faith. That’s like us ( the strong faith part) we may not have a lot of money or use it the right way but we are still rich in God. Great devo! Won’t see u guys tonite but might see you Friday! Ciao! 🙂

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