As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.
1 Timothy 6: 17-19 (ESV)
This “present age” is right now. As far as human nature is concerned, people are no different today than they were 2,000 years ago. We can be generous or covetous, humble or prideful, spiritual or material. We are a people with a volatile nature and anxious soul. We may learn to hide or internalize our selfish desires and self-centered principles somewhere in the recesses of our mind. We may also have the added liability of living without a reliably righteous spiritual foundation generating an elevated degree of uncertainty, anxiety, and fear in our daily lives.
God, on the other hand, wants to free us of these destructive thoughts and damaging internal experiences by spiritually raising us above the mire we exist in, allowing us to see with clarity the eternal riches of his Kingdom there to be enjoyed and shared. He desires we be liberated from our covetous sanctimonious nature. In God’s eyes, this harmful lifestyle is without any redeeming value at all. But through freely sharing our Kingdom resources and riches from the generosity of our softened hearts, what once was avarice becomes the source of fresh fruit and genuine heartfelt joy.
Whether we realize it or not, time and bounteous resources are God’s great gifts to us, there for the sharing. For without them we couldn’t experience genuine happiness, communion or intimate fellowship with one another. So by utilizing our time wisely, sharing generously blessing one another in doing so we are performing a living sacrifice and experiencing that, which is truly life.
Dear heavenly father, as you so clearly instruct us, we are to store up our treasure in heaven while generously sharing what you have given us here on earth. So as we learn to travel lightly, please give us a heart of generosity all the days of our life. Amen.
A F Fischer