Earth holds no treasure but that which perishes with using. The way we invest these “treasures” has a tremendous impact on eternity. Timothy received this letter so that he might know how to behave in the house of God which is the church of the living God (1 Tim. 3:15). In order to behave properly, we must use our opportunities wisely. Some opportunities are wasted. Some opportunities are utilized for great blessings.
Paul used the final section of his epistle to admonish Timothy in the use of his opportunities.
Rich Opportunities–1 Timothy 6:17
We are all wealthy compared to other people in the world.
Inflation-adjusted median household income increased 4%, from $49,434 to $51,413, from August to December 2011, according to a study released by Sentier Research.
Most people in the world live on less than $4 every day.
Although we have physical blessings, we should not be “haughty”–6:17
It can all be taken away with one visit to the doctor, one bad storm, or one bad accident.
We should trust God for all we have, thank God for all we have, and serve God with all we have.
Philippians 3:7-8, “Whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss for the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him.”
Hebrews 11:26, tells us that Moses “considered the reproach of Christ of greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward.”
We all will be judged concerning the way we use our earthly treasures.
Be a Christian at work–1 Timothy 6:1-2
Be a Christian at worship–1 Timothy 6:3-10
Rich Expectations–1 Timothy 6:18-19
Having been blessed with much, we have much with which to bless.
We are to do good–Galatians 6:10. What is the good we are to do? The good is whatever opportunity God has given you. Who is your neighbor? Who is the one who needs a neighbor?–Luke 10:25-37.
We are to be rich in good works–1 Corinthians 15:58.
We are to be generous and ready to share–Ephesians 1:3 cf. John 13:34-35.
We have great opportunities to do great things for God today.
Fight the good fight–1 Timothy 6:11-16
Guard our opportunities from our negligence–1 Timothy 6:20-21
Sometimes we sing another song that has Jesus saying to us, “if just a cup of water I place within your hand, then just a cup of water is all that I demand.” I think about those words often. Our Lord has blessed us all with much more than a cup of water. He has given us rich opportunities and even greater blessings. The question is not “should I give more?”. The correct question is “how much more can I give?”.