Monday 17 February, 2014

1 Timothy 6:17-21

17 Command people who are rich in this world not to be proud. Tell them not to put their hope in riches. Wealth is so uncertain. Command those who are rich to put their hope in God. He richly provides us with everything to enjoy. 18 Command the rich to do what is good. Tell them to be rich in doing good things. They must give freely. They must be willing to share. 19 In that way they will put riches away for themselves. It will provide a firm basis for the next life. Then they will take hold of the life that really is life. 20 Timothy, guard what God has trusted you with. Turn away from godless chatter. Stay away from opposing ideas that are falsely called knowledge. 21 Some people believe them. By doing that they have wandered away from the faith. May God’s grace be with you.

This is the final part of Paul’s letter to Timothy, the conclusion and most important message. Paul asked young Timothy to “command/order” the rich people not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in money, but put their hope in God to do good and be generous, willing to share. So, they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age.

Also, Paul asked Timothy to take good care of that which was given to him, turning away from wrong and foolish talk and arguments of false knowledge.  No wonder King Solomon said:  “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” (Prov4:23).

The challenge of this passage to me is:

1. What do I build up my faith-foundation on?

2. Am I a generous person to church/others?

3. Do I guard my heart with God’s word?

Dear Load, thank you for giving me your word/bible, so, I can know you and serve you more. Help me to have true wisdom to seek your will for me as you said: To fear the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and acknowledging the Holy One is understanding.  Amen

Written by Allen Leu


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  1. David Newton says:

    Quick Word Study
    The word ‘uncertain’ from ‘ v17 ‘Wealth is so uncertain’ – is a ancient Greek word only used once in the New Testament. The word is used to indicates a quality of an object that makes the object difficult to see. It implies ‘disappearing’, ‘indefinite’ or ‘value is unperceived’.
    The context being ‘this present world’ – The full implication is “Because abundant provision (riches) will be utterly unrecognized in heaven, it’s true value now is difficult to ascertain.
    reference – Strong’s Greek dictionary, Helps Word Studies.

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