“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” (1 Timothy 6.19 NIV).
Paul is exhorting the people who are considered rich (abounding in material resources) to put their hope in God and not their wealth. But he continues to say that wealth can be enjoyed, but the people who have wealth should be giving and abounding in good deeds. This way they can store for themselves eternal treasures in our true, heavenly home. Although the spectrum of who is considered wealthy is vast, there are many people today considered “rich” compared to the rest of the world. These people have homes, cars, computers, food in the pantry, water in the faucet and beds ladened with pillows and blankets. They are abounding with material wealth that they may be taking for granted. We can use these riches to find enjoyment, but we will only find a temporarily fix to an eternal longing. God declares that to be truly living and fulfilling our purpose, we should be using our abounding material wealth to help, encourage and lift up others. Yes, we can partake in the blessings that God has given us, but we also must use those blessings to bless others. It’s difficult to believe in our society of “take-as-much-as-you-can-get” that to give freely, we will actually receive more freely. When we encourage and help others, we too will be encouraged and helped. We can aggressively look for those in need who can benefit from our abundance, so that we can “take hold of the life that is truly life.”
“One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed” (Proverbs 11.24-25 NIV).