Rich, Now or Later

1 Timothy 6:17-19

As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.

If you have more than you need, it would be wise to ask the Spirit why that is. Many of our leaders like to preach on tithing. Not much is said about Jesus’ teaching on giving Him a return on His investments in us. The parable about the talents is in Matthew 25:14-30 and the parable about the minas is in Luke 19:11-27. The servant who gave his master 100% was called “wicked and lazy.” The other servants gave 200%.

Prodigal literally means “insanely or extravagantly generous.” Convert as much of your resources to the currency of eternity as possible. You will be glad you did.

So will the people who benefit from your generosity!

Enter the Kingdom

Much confusion, due to not much study, exists regarding the nature of the Kingdom of Jesus. Some useful Kingdom information was shared by Peter in his second epistle (2 Peter 1:11): “For in this way, entry into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be richly supplied to you.”                 (from Holman Christian Standard Bible)

“This way” is practicing the qualities faith, goodness, knowledge, self-control, endurance, godliness, brotherly affection with love (verses 5-7). What is supplied to us when we practice those qualities is an abundant entrance to the Kingdom of God. Being good in those ways does not get me saved from damnation or born-again. Faith in the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus does that.

The Kingdom of Jesus is His rule and dominion. It is people and spirits obeying Him. It is doing. My relationship to the church – the Body of Jesus – is being. It is my identity.

My relationship to His Kingdom is doing. Doing what He instructs me to do. It is my work.