I did not have time last week to post on the message given at church on 9/10 – it was an excellent one on evangelism and you can listen to it here [6/2/09 – sorry, no longer available online].
Last Sunday, Tab began a new series on true riches with a message on “Uncertain Riches.” His text was 1 Timothy 6:17 – “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.” Most of us in America are among the top 5-15% of the world’s wealthy, so this verse applies to us. Tab gave us 2 charges: 1) don’t be proud about your wealth; 2) don’t trust in your wealth. When it comes to money, we are tempted to believe two lies. First, we are tempted to believe that we are better than others because of what we have. Second, we are tempted to believe that riches provide us with security. In reality, anything we have has been provided by God (who caused us to be born in this time and place, who gave us minds to be educated, who opened jobs for us, who sustains our bodies so that we can enjoy our food and our belongings). And material blessings are temporal and uncertain, but God is our Eternal Rock!
Ultimately, we need to believe and be satisfied in Jesus Christ, the richest provision ever given. “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” (Rom. 8:32). This is a promise I need to apply to our saving and spending, to my pursuit of spiritual growth, and to all of my desires. I’m looking forward to the rest of this series.