Advice on money is abundant these days, but not always helpful. When you stop and think about it, who taught you about money — how to make it, and how to use it well? The letter to Timothy in the New Testament has some powerful advice about wealth: 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 (6:17). “Rich” is a strong word in this passage: “Command those who are rich in this present world…” and the truth is, most of us are fairly well off. We may not always feel that way. Most of us have some degree of financial uncertainty or struggle. We may feel it’s a stretch to consider ourselves as “rich”. Yet we do live in a world that wants us to think about money constantly — how much we need, what we can buy, how money will make us feel secure, sexy, joyful, etc. We know this week there’s a lot of big money in Phoenix with the sporting events, the celebrities and fans gathering, the glitz and glamor that capture so much media attention and can leave us feeling a little envious if we’re not careful.
What Paul knows in writing this advice to young Timothy, is that our approach to money is what usually determines our happiness with it. Our approach to money and our relationship with money affects us, our faith, our relationship with God, and with others. And as you may know, money, like a powerful medication, has side effects. Sunday we’ll start talking about these side effects and how we might prevent them for the sake of our financial and spiritual health. Worship with us as we meet and know the God who cares for all of our needs and is always there to help us deal with our money and material needs.
Pastor Dave Summers