This Sunday I’ll continue our “Five Essentials for Living Well” sermon series in both Sanctuary services with “Define Rich.” In this series we are looking together at five aspects of living well, or in Jesus’ words: “abundant life.” This Sunday we will examine 1 Timothy 6:17-19 where the writer is pointing to the importance of understanding the place of money in our lives and where we put our trust.
Eight years ago in a presidential forum leading up to the election, the moderator said to the candidates, “Define rich.” I don’t remember what the responses were, but I remember the request: “Define rich.” What is rich? That’s a good question and not so easy to answer, is it? The writer of 1 Timothy hints at how the definition of rich is much more varied and profound than a simple balance sheet:
Tell people who are rich at this time not to become egotistical and not to place their hope on their finances, which are uncertain. Instead, they need to hope in God, who richly provides everything for our enjoyment. Tell them to do good, to be rich in the good things they do, to be generous, and to share with others. When they do these things, they will save a treasure for themselves that is a good foundation for the future. That way they can take hold of what is truly life.
I look forward to seeing you on Sunday as we think together about this important part of living well and what it means for each of us.
Grace and Peace,
Dr. Tim Bruster,