A Daily Devotion for Tuesday, August 24
I Timothy 6: 17-19
Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasures for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.
I do wonder what that last verse is saying. How do we lay up treasures for ourselves, and why is that necessary? Maybe Paul is speaking of changing ourselves, even sanctification. Will we be better equipped to enjoy Heaven if we have traveled further in our own journey to sanctification? Certainly being generous and giving, with the right heart, will move us toward this.
Holy One, I know I must be more generous. It is what you ask of me. It is a way for me to be more like Jesus. Amen