THEME: EVERYTHING WE NEED
1 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 treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.”
-Apostle Paul in this chapter explains that the love of money is the root of all evil, but godliness and contentment is great gain. Further that, since we brought nothing to this world and we can take nothing out of it, we should flee from all such evil schemes and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness (1 Timothy 6:11). Money has a way of causing pride in the hearts of men, with the deceptive thought that one can buy everything and do anything out of their power. The rich are therefore commanded to put their trust in God and not in wealth and money which is fleeting. God also commands that we should give to the poor and do good deeds so that we may store up our treasures in heaven where no moth nor rust can destroy, and thieves cannot break in and steal. The parable of the rich man and Lazarus reminds us that we should care for the needy and share our resources with others, which is a means of eternity. We are reminded that it is God who gives us everything we need and for enjoyment, we should be willing to give our time, resources and offer our gifts to those who need them most, and by this we do it unto God, who gives us the gift of eternal life.
Oh Lord our God, how excellent is Your name in all the earth. You are exulted above all creation in the heavens and the earth. You are our Creator and Provider, we put all our trust in You. Thank You for loving us and for choosing us. Thank You for giving us the gift of salvation. May Your renew our minds that we see You and seek You faithfully. Teach us Father to do Your will always. Give us hearts of compassion that we may always do good and give to the poor and needy in the society. Help us Holy Spirit to focus more on the purposes for which You have created us and brought us to this earth. Teach us to look to You for all our needs and not to our wealth which is uncertain. May You forgive us for every time we have looked at money as a source of salvation and not to You Lord our Savior. May You teach us Jesus to do Your holy will. May You deliver us from pride and arrogance and give us patient and humble hearts. May You bless all the candidates who are undertaking their exams and grant them knowledge, wisdom and understanding, that they may excel in all their exams. You are our Faithful God and Father. May You provide for all our needs and hearts desires according to everlasting mercy and grace. We praise You and exult Your holy name Jesus, now and forever. Amen
Further reading: Luke 16:19-31, Matthew 25:31-46
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