Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others. By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may experience true life. (1 Timothy 5:16-17)
The above verses are part of Paul’s direction for Timothy as a young pastor. Paul encouraged Timothy to instruct the rich to be generous. I know not all of us would think of ourselves as rich, but let’s take a worldwide view.
- 20% of the world live on one dollar a day.
- Another 20% live on two dollars a day.
- 20% of the world lives on seventy dollars a day or more.
- The other 40% are somewhere in-between.
My guess is you probably fall in the upper 20%. If so, let’s take Paul’s advice, because if we miss it, we miss life. I think this is why Jesus said, “Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will keep it” (Luke 17:33).
The word for life in both Luke 17:33 and 1 Timothy 6:19 is the word zoe. This is a special word for life. Everyone reading this has life, or bios. You have a pulse, you breathe, therefore you have life. But that does not necessarily mean that you have a life. The life that Paul and Jesus are both talking about are the abundant life that Christ came to give us (John 10:10). He came to give us a life worth having.
Real life is found in living outside of yourself. I could give you reason after reason for becoming a generous person, but I won’t. Instead, let me simply encourage you to do this: Live on less and give to others in need. Just try it.
Generosity is a value of our church because we believe it brings life to us and those in need. That’s why we love to give and give extravagantly. My prayer is that legacy continues in our church, so will you join me in praying that we live generously with all that we have.
- Pray for our church to have its best year yet for generosity
- Pray that we exceed our Kingdom Builder goal for 2018
- Pray that our church would experience true life in every sense of the word