Monday, August 18, 2008

Rich Guidelines

Command those who are rich in this present world … 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. 1 Timothy 6:17-19

Ok so we are learning how to be rich. We are going to stop chasing that elusive carrot and find and experience financial peace. We are learning how to take hold of the life that is truly life! Being rich God’s way runs counter to what you will see in culture and on TV. In fact, it runs against the grain of your natural inclinations. We have three things to do in order to be good at being rich:

1. Realize that you are already financially rich. Do not spend any more time trying to get rich. If God blesses you with more money fine-just don’t stress trying to lay up treasure on earth.
2. Enrich yourself in good deeds. Spend your time trying to make the lives of others better. Serve or volunteer. Get involved in your church or community.
3. Live on less than what you make and give to the cause of Jesus Christ. There are various ways to do this…your church, people in need, relief organizations.

This is how God says that rich people are to live rich and full lives. He also promises that it is a solid investment strategy for the next life. A heavenly retirement plan if you will.

No comments: