Seven Instructions for Rich People Like Us1 Timothy 6:17 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. 18 Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. 19 In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life
In this text, Apostle Paul provides simple instructions to people of means. In fact, I think that most of us who live in America should consider ourselves rich, especially in comparison to most other people in this world. Whether you consider yourself rich or poor, the admonition provided by Paul is useful to all of us.
The problem with being rich is the tendency to place too much confidence in material possessions and to build one's life around getting more stuff. This is a form of idolatry, which is having devotion for things (and people!) more than for the living God.
Paul gave these seven instructions to rich folks like us:
1. Don't be arrogant
2. Don't put hope in wealth
3. Know that it is God who richly provides all things
4. Do good
5. Be rich in good works
6. Be generous
7. Be willing to share
BTW: Idolatry is not only the temptation of rich people, it can also be the temptation of poor people.
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. (1 Tim. 6:10 )
Paul's seven simple admonitions will help us stay in pursuit of Jesus and serving others, more than chasing things.