On Sunday we heard a message preached on the parable of the rich fool from Luke 12:13-21. I continue to hear Jesus’ words, “Take care,” ringing in my head. If care is needed for a man desiring more who lived in Palestine, how much more do we need to take care in 21st century America?
Another phrase that has been ringing in my head is from a verse that Joe shared towards the end of his message. It is the words, “truly life” in 1 Timothy 6:19.
“As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.” (1 Timothy 6:17-19).
Taking hold of that which is truly life. People often use the exclamation, “This is the life!” Typically it is something made enjoyable on account of excess money. Paul warns rich people against fake life. True life is eternal life. True life doesn’t involve money. One can lay hold of true life “without money and without price” (Isaiah 55:1). True life is for those who hope in God rather than money. We store up treasures for true life when we are rich in good works, generous and ready to share.
Grace Covenant Church, may we relate to God and money in a way that we take hold of that which is truly life!