Handling Treasure

Posted by on Oct 18, 2009 in Devotional, Rev. Serven

“Handling Treasure”
1 Timothy 6:17-19 October 18, 2009
Pastor Marcus J. Serven
Covenant Family Church (RPCGA)

In a previous portion of his letter Paul warns Timothy about the devastating consequences of loving and pursuing money (6:6-10). Those who “desire to be rich”, he says, will fall “into a snare”. He does not say that all riches are inherently evil, but that the “love of money is a root of all kinds of evil”. Christians, therefore, should learn to be content with what God has given them and not be overly desirous of becoming rich. Now in this passage Paul addresses the question of how those who are already rich should handle their treasure. There were people in the Bible who were very rich—Job, Abraham, Solomon, Lydia, and Philemon. No doubt, each one of them would testify that riches are not a pathway to true happiness. And so, if you are rich—in that you possess more money than what is required for the essentials of life—then how do you handle those riches? Listen to Paul’s counsel…

The Main Point of this Passage:
“As for the rich in this present age, charge them…to set their hopes…on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.” 1 Timothy 6:17

1. A Danger to Avoid, (vs. 17a)
2. A Promise to Enjoy, (vs. 17b)
3. A Duty to Fulfill, (vs. 18)
4. A Prospect to Consider, (vs. 19a)
5. A Delight to Anticipate, (vs. 19b)