“Instruct those who are rich in the present age not to be arrogant or to set their hope on the uncertainty of wealth, but on God, who richly provides us with all things to enjoy.”
1 Timothy 6:17 CSB
In our anchor text, the Apostle Paul instructs Timothy to teach the rich not to put their hope in riches for two reasons. The first is because riches are uncertain, easily coming and going. The second reason is that God is our source. We have thoroughly looked at these in previous devotionals.
Today, our focus is on what to do with the money we have. For every believer, wealth has a purpose – to do good. Proverbs 11:25 NKJV speaks on the benefits of giving that “the generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself. “
Yet, generosity can be a blanket term, thus making it difficult to practice. Knowing who or what to give to and how much is helpful in practicing giving. Let’s look to Scripture for guidance.
In Galatians 6: 10, Apostle Paul instructs the church to do good to everyone, especially those in the family of faith. In the context of giving, a good place to start would be within the family of faith. James, in his letter to the churches, commends giving to the underprivileged such as widows, orphans and others in need (James 1:27, 2: 14-16).
Brethren, the times we are in calls for generosity. We must remember that beyond supernatural provision, God’s strategy to cater to the needs of His people is through our generosity. Are you conscious that God will have you as an answer to a need?
Another way to practice generosity is to give to those who labour over us in teaching the word. 1 Timothy 5:17 AMP says, “The elders who perform their leadership duties well are worthy of double honour (financial support), especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching [the word of God concerning eternal salvation through Christ].”
Finally, our money should go towards the spread of the gospel. If we are to fulfil the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19-20, then we need to fund the gospel.
When it comes to how much we should give, Apostle Paul recommends that each person gives as they have decided and according to their ability with a cheerful heart (2 Corinthians 9:7). This calls for intentionality on our part to set aside money for this purpose.
Remember, growing in giving is an aspect of spiritual growth. In this Year of Light, let us make a note to put our money where our faith is.
To do: If you don’t have a budget for generosity, find time to create one today and plan your giving accordingly.
Bible Reading Plan:
Luke 7:36-50, Colossians 2:1-7, Psalms 126, 1 Chronicles 5-6.