Whether you have 25 pesos or $250,000 we all have the ability to do good deeds
1 Timothy 6:1-21
Reference: v.18 Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. (NIV Bible)
Explore: Last week I had ten thousand worth of notes in my wallet. Sure enough this was ten thousand pesos rather than ten thousand Australian dollars, so it was really only equivalent to $250AUS. But it still felt like a lot of money. In Australia I would not be considered as financially rich at all. In the Philippines however, the majority of the nation (almost 96 million people) would consider me to be rich. Would the Apostle Paul consider me to be rich?
Application: Scripture never puts a figure on what it is to be rich, in fact in Proverbs it tells us that our wealth should be in wisdom rather than in silver and gold. Here in this passage Paul is giving instruction to those who are well off to be generous and share. He doesn’t say that if you are rich you are evil, but that in all we have we need to do good deeds for others. Whether you have 25 pesos or $250,000 we all have the ability to do good deeds and to be generous to others. Let’s not allow money to get in the way of our service to God.
Prayer: Lord, You are not reliant on the money that we earn. Help us to focus more on the richness of our deeds rather than the richness of our bank balances. Amen.
How can you be generous towards someone today?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.