Rich in Good Deeds – Part 2
Scripture Reading: 1 Timothy 6:17-21
Key Verse: 1 Timothy 6:18
Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.
God has deemed to allow us to invest in our eternal future by counting good deeds as “treasures in heaven.” For all of us who are determined to be rich in good deeds, we are assured of big time return for those investments!
When we give away our money or time for a good deed, we can look at it from two different angles. One perspective is that we are being charitable. This would be the worldly perspective. There is nothing particularly bad about this perspective but it isn’t the one God wants His children to have.
The second perspective is that when we give money or time to God’s kingdom and good deeds, we are making investments. For example, if I take my paycheck and put 10% of it in my 401K, it would be accurate to say “I spent 10% of my check.” However, it would be clearer to say, “I invested 10% of my paycheck.” How do you look at the money and effort you give to God’s work in the world?
Join me in avoiding the term charity and use the word investing; it’s a biblical perspective! Mature stewardship makes good investments. As we mature in our walk with God, we start seeing our lives from God’s perspective. As the old song says, “the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace!” Determine to be rich in good deeds.
Father, you have been so good to me; I will be generous to those around me as well. In Jesus’ name, amen.