1 Timothy 6:17-19

The deadly sin of greed takes on many forms to attract its victims. In response to this week’s Scripture, I’ve already shared that as a writer, I’m greedier for prestige than I am for money. I’ve also confessed that my greed for money manifests itself in hoarding.
I can tell you with overwhelming certainty that I do not give away anywhere near enough money. I do not share enough of my good fortune with others. Sometimes this happens out of laziness. How do I figure out how much money I can give away? How do I figure out where to give it? 

Some of this neglect rises out of fear. What will happen if I unexpectedly lose money I assume will always be there? What hidden costs are lurking in my future that I need to be prepared for? How do I make sure my children are well set up? 

Giving up all of these worries and trusting in God is an interesting idea. When Paul tells me to put my hope on God who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment
(v. 17), I’m not sure I’m strong enough to do that. I can’t think of anything more difficult than giving up financial security willingly and putting trust in God. It’s something I’ll continue to struggle with every day.

But there’s value in that struggle. What treasures might my children experience if I thought more about how to model generosity for them, rather than just saving money for their futures? Would it teach them how to lay a firm spiritual foundation? Would they understand how to take hold of the life that really is life (v. 19)?


How could giving up worries and trusting in God become less of an abstract idea and more of a reality for me?


God, help me glimpse the life that is truly life today, so I may take hold of it. Amen.

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