1 Timothy 6:17-19

Our devotions this Easter season come from members of Faith Lutheran Church. Today’s writer is Chris Gohlke.

As for those who in the present age are rich, command them not to be haughty, or to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but rather on God who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. They are to do good, to be rich in works, generous, and ready to share, thus storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of the life that is really life.” 1 Timothy 6:17-19

Of course we take pride in our successes in life. The Bible tells us that we are to take the talents we are born with and make use of them. We finish a project, win a game, show that our education and training have paid off, then cash our checks and enjoy ourselves. Hopefully we thank our teammates and those who have gotten us to this point. Hopefully we thank God. But we stand on the podium and say to ourselves, “Look what I have done.”

Paul reminds us of some connected points here that we are apt to forget as we relish in our successes. It is God who has given us the potential to do great things and obtain riches, but He does not do that simply so we can enjoy ourselves. He does so because we have the potential to be great servants. Paul reminds us that success is not the goal, it is merely a tool that we should use to do God’s work.

Spread some love around. That’s all God is asking of us. Make sure you don’t forget those around you, those who could really use a good meal, a warm home, and a friend. And we can find joy in knowing that we are working towards “the life that is really life.”

Let us pray: Heavenly Father, we realize that in our earthly pride we falter from the Your path. Help us to re-center our lives on You, to recognize the talents You have given us, and to spread Your love through our daily lives. Help us to help others. Our peace and salvation rests with our lord and savior Jesus Christ alone. Amen.

 

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