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"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 out enjoyment."1 Timothy 6:17, NIV.
This Bible verse assumes that some Christians will be wealthy. It does not praise or condemn wealth but acknowledges it and gives a command to those who have wealth. The instructions to the wealthy are to not be arrogant.
* We become arrogant when we feel wealth sets us apart or above others.
* We begin to look down on those who do not have as much as we do.
* We may think that we have been blessed because for some reason God favors us more than others so we look down on those others.
* We think that wealth will solve our problems.
These attitudes are opposite to the character of Christianity which calls us to charity, sacrifice, love, generosity, and compassion.
Paul the apostle makes this statement with the strength of a command. The power of the allurement of wealth is so strong that Paul had to issue a "Command." to not be arrogant or put hope in wealth. We should be warned of the dangers of wealth and handle it with respect.
He reminds us that wealth is "uncertain." You can't count on it, it is here today and gone tomorrow. We look to wealth to provide security and then something that is not related to wealth such as a natural disaster, dire illness, loss or grief take us and we are face to face with the fact that no amount of money can fix it.
Paul admonishes us to put our hope in God. He is the true wealth and he generously provides for us. God is not a killjoy grouchy old man who doesn't t want us to have any fun. He gives us everything for our enjoyment. God wants us to enjoy life. He wants our lives to be a blessing to others and ourselves.
We should not look to wealth to be a blessing in our lives, but instead, we should see wealth as an opportunity to make blessings in the lives of others.
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