1 Timothy 6:17-19 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
Earlier, we saw that one should not seek after wealth. That the love of money is the root of all evil. However, does that mean that all who are wealthy are evil? Of course not! We need only read the daily news and watch as stock and commodity prices bounce from record highs to record lows in a day’s time to see that one cannot trust in wealth. However, God does use wealth and gives wealth to those who have demonstrated themselves to be trustworthy. The first thing we must remember is that all we think we have is not our own. What we have has been entrusted to us by God to manage for His glory. Yes, we may toil at a job to “earn” our income. But, in fact, it is only because God chooses to give us breath that we are able to work! When one accumulates a little wealth, he must remember that there is only one task at hand. He must remember that he is to be “rich in good works” or generous. Yes, that means giving some of the wealth away that others may see the mercy of God through his life. By being generous, he is showing the Lord that he is trustworthy, building a foundation upon which God can bestow more wealth. This concept must not be confused with the modern “prosperity gospel” which promises wealth and high living for the giver. No. this doctrine teaches that one who gives will be trusted with more, but more to give – not more to build a stock portfolio or bigger house with.