Sermon notes 26.07.2009

(NIV) 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. [18] Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. [19] 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.

Wesleys warning about the protestant work ethic

Protestant reformation. You can serve God in your daily life. You can do everything unto the Lord.

– success is seen as sign of Gods approval.
– hard-working men felt the pleasure of God.
– gaining of wealth as a measure of Gods favour.

‘Writing of Paul is inspired. Writing of Wesley is merely inspiring.’

1.
V.17 Paul tells us the sickness of excessive wealth.

It makes us proud towards others. We become arrogant and act badly towards them.

We become proud towards God. Wealth makes us forgetful of God.

Though we forget God. God has a twofold identity to us:
God is the source of provision for us.
God is the source of our enjoyment in life.

Sometimes we have a lot but cannot enjoy it.

If wealth can cause sickness, is Paul anti wealth? No!

2.
V.18 the stewardship of wealth

Command them. Above earthly power and wealth is something higher. An authority, a spiritual authority. Command them to do good.

There is a moral ethical dimension to wealth and success. Wealthy people are not exempt from doing good.

Wealth cannot be gained at ALL cost.

If we’re only rich in materials, we are not rich enough. We should also be rich in Good deeds. Generous and willing to share. Do good deeds with the abundance that God has given us.

Every chrisitan is a fund manager to God. Every penny belongs to Jesus Christ. Wealth in our hands is a trust from God. The more he can trust us with it the more He will grant it to us.

God controlling wealth through us.

3.
v.19 significance of wealth.

Wealth on earth can be used to build up wealth in the life to come.

When people are converted the idle become dilligent. The foolish wise. And they become successful. The whole community is lifted up.

But when the people of God prosper. They turn away from God. So Christianity will slowly unravel. Unless the Lordship of Christ is allowed over earthly wealth.

Wealth is not always a blessing from God. Rather it is a test to see if you will remain faithful to God.

Therefore we should always seek first the kingdom of God even in the use of our earthly wealth.

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