THEME: Earthly Riches
PASSAGE: 1 Timothy 6:15-21
HYMN: MHB 393 – I GIVE my heart to Thee,
MEMORY VERSE: Matthew 6:20 “But store up for yourself treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break and steal”.
To be rich simply means “having a great deal of money or assets.” It can also be defined as existing in abundance. It is never a sin to be wealthy because God is the author and controller of wealth. Today’s passage tells us that riches of this world only comes from God especially for those who trust in Him.
It also gives serious warning to people who may think that they have made it in life, because of their abundant riches. This could be why Jesus in Matthew 19:23 told His disciples “I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of heaven.” Not only that being a rich man on earth may make one miss heaven, it can bring you more enemies than friends and can also cause you to lose your integrity in society. The quest to have more can lead us to indulge in immoralities that may eventually ruin our lives. It is only when you focus your mind on heaven and store much more treasure in heaven than on earth that you can avert some of these dangers of earthly riches.
The passage is, therefore, a great warning to everybody. In order to avoid the wrath of God, the Lord commands the wealthy ones to be humble; do good to people, be generous and have the desire to share the riches with people and also follow Christ. If you depend on your earthly riches and refuse to turn away from evil and follow the footsteps of Christ, you may end up not only losing the earthly riches but also miss the heavenly kingdom which the Bible tells us is the dividend of our investment (Luke 12:33).
PRAYER: Lord, the author of riches, bless me so that I can be a source of blessing to others and make them rapturable in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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