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24 October – We Take Nothing out of this World

1Timothy 6::7  …for we brought nothing into the world, so that we can take nothing out of it; 8  but if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these. 9  But those who want to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10  For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and in their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains. 11  But as for you, man of God, shun all this; pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness. 12  Fight the good fight of the faith; take hold of the eternal life, to which you were called and for which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. …..

1Timothy 6:17  As for those who in the present age are rich, command them not to be haughty, or to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but rather on God who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 18  They are to do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share, 19  thus storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of the life that really is life.

Here is a letter to a church that is in disarray and in need to correction. The leadership is embroiled in dispute and “godless chatter”[1] and so renewal is called:     for. An essential step towards this is the renunciation of the pursuit of wealth: “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and in their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith.”  This is not a denunciation of wealth, but is rather the invitation to use wealth “to do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share”.

Why invest time and energy in the pursuit of the uncertainty of riches when there is a better option: Jesus-followers choose to trust Jesus’ call to a simple lifestyle as offering certain hope for spiritual renewal.

 

Ordinary 26 / Pentecost +19

48 God Supplies Our Every Need

The Scripture passage for the day is drawn from Reuben Job and Norman Shawchuck, A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and other Servants, (Nashville, The Upper Room 1983), 292.
This reflection is from my own devotional exercises for the day
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[1] 1Ti 6:20

“To comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable” Finley Peter Dunne (1867–1936)