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The Challenge Of Riches

November 23, 2012

While our family was living in Kenya in the 1980s, we drove a young woman from Nairobi to visit her parents who lived near Lake Victoria. On the way, we stopped in the city of Kisumu to leave our luggage at a hotel where we would stay after taking her home. When our friend saw our hotel room that we considered an average-size room with two beds, she said, “All this for only five of you?” What we considered ordinary, she saw as luxurious. Riches are relative, and some of us who live in prosperous nations have a tendency to complain about a standard of living that others would gladly embrace.

Among the followers of Christ in Ephesus, some had more money than others. To Timothy, their pastor, Paul wrote, “Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy” (1 Tim. 6:17). Paul urged them to “be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share” (v.18).

Our natural tendency is to grasp what we have instead of freely giving to those in need. The challenge of riches is living with thankful hearts to God and open hands to others.

One grace each child of God can show
Is giving from a willing heart;
Yet, if we wait till riches grow,
It may be that we’ll never start. —D. DeHaan
We make a living by what we get;
we make a life by what we give.

Read: 1 Timothy 6:6-10,17-19

Command those who are rich in this present age not to . . . trust in uncertain riches but in the living God. —1 Timothy 6:17
Bible in a Year:
1 Corinthians 1-4


3 posted on 11/22/2012 6:07:03 PM PST by The Mayor ("If you can't make them see the light, let them feel the heat" — Ronald Reagan)
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To: The Mayor

Good evening, Mayor and Happy Thanksgiving


8 posted on 11/22/2012 6:12:41 PM PST by beachn4fun (Being Thankful that the forgiven have the ear of God.)
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To: The Mayor

Happy Thanksgiving evening, Mayor. Good food at the in-laws?

Home safe and sound? Tummy full?


33 posted on 11/22/2012 6:49:57 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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