Greetings! Having looked at contentment on our last reflection, we turn our gaze outwards at the opportunities many of us have to be rich in good deeds, to bless and be a blessing. 

Reading

1 Timothy 6:17-19        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. Command them 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.
 

Reflection

Thus, they are instructed to “do good,” a phrase which indicates they are to provide a tangible benefit and blessing to others. They are to be “rich in good deeds,” which refers to actions and attitudes that are beneficial to those without. They are to be “generous and willing to share” with those deprived, because of their economic situation, of being able to participate in the normal activities of society. This indicates the importance of not allowing wealth to become destructive to those who have it, it is meant for a wider group so that all may benefit and flourish. Next, Christians are to have a future perspective where they understand that such things are but momentary and we are living for a heavenly reward. This will lead them to flourish in this life and help others. By embracing a future perspective, a perspective about what ultimately matters and what will last, this will inform present living and provide an opportunity to “take hold of the life that is truly life”.
 
Those of us who are fortunate enough to have surplus have a wonderful opportunity to not only enjoy what we have but also to make sure that others are not missing out. By sharing and being generous, rich in good deeds, we emulate the heart of our generous God so that all may flourish.

 

Prayer

Generous God, we are so grateful for all you have given us. Protect us from arrogance and misplacing our confidence in wealth. May we be those who hope in you, the provider of all good. May we be rich in good deeds, generous and willing to share, just as you have been and continue to be. We give you thanks for the gift of life and all that you provide to live it well. Give us wisdom Spirit of God that we may reflect the Father’s heart to all in need.
 

Questions

How are you generous and willing to share what you have?
How can you better use your resources to benefit and bless those have less than you?
 
Think on these things…


 

 

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