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Really Life

November 25, 2020

“As for those who in the present age are rich, command them not to be haughty, or to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but rather on God who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share, thus storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of the life that is really life.” 1 Timothy 6:17-19

Today’s New Testament passage from the Daily Texts is long, but it seems appropriate for the day before Thanksgiving. First, it reminds us for what we should be truly thankful. While not condemning riches, Paul makes clear to Timothy that the gift for which we should be most thankful is the gospel. Riches are uncertain, fleeting. The promises of Jesus are forever. Second, Paul warns the wealthy against haughtiness. Those of us who have abundance in this world do not have it for ourselves only. We are to be as rich in good works as we are in riches. We are to be ready to share, building on the true foundation of Christ.

It is here that we find “the life that is really life.” This life is more than continued existence. It is what happens when the Spirit takes hold of us, binding us in Christ to our neighbors, to our siblings in faith. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, even if it’s smaller this year. As you gather around the riches of your table, remember to be rich in generosity.

Don’t forget to come back tonight for the annual edition of Thankfuls.

Be well, friends. You are loved.

God of abundance, we thank you for providing us with what we need for this life. Having received the gift of the gospel, inspire us to share generously with others. Build us all up together upon the solid foundation of faith. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Image: Anders with an elephant in Budapest, 2018. Now that’s living!

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