1 Timothy 6:17-21
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. 20 Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, 21 which some have professed and in so doing have departed from the faith. Grace be with you all.
Sharing can be hard. A simple statement, but its simplicity does not detract from the truth of it! Most of us would say that we know sharing is important, and we certainly get taught it from a very young age. And yet, I’m almost positive that each of us has certain possessions, relationships and resources that we actually don’t want to share with others. This can often come from our own fears or insecurities – if I let others use this item, it could break or not be returned. If I share my friendships by including others into the friend group, I could be the one who ends up feeling left out. If I share my money and financial resources, there may not be enough left for me.
In this passage, Paul is specifically directing those who have wealth to give freely and be willing to share, for in this they will store up true riches for themselves. For me, reading this is such a good reminder of something we all know but need to be acting on continuously. Regardless of what we have, whether a small or large amount, we should not place our security in any kind of riches which, as Paul reminds us, are so fleeting and uncertain. Yet how easy it is to slip into this! To find security and purpose in what we have, as opposed to who we belong to – Jesus. The world we live in places so much focus and importance on always having more and more, never being satisfied. What better way to live counter culturally than to be willing to share what we have with others, and trust that God will provide for all our needs.
God thank you that you are always our ultimate provider. We give you thanks and honour for all that you have given us, that you richly provide us with everything to enjoy. Help us to live so securely in you, that we desire to share what you have given us with those around us. Amen.
Written by Ps. Madelaine Tarasenko