“Charge Them” 1 Timothy 6:17
“Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.” 1 Timothy 6:17-19
The first inspired command the apostle Paul gives to his understudy, Timothy,
is to charge the rich believers to be charitable with the wealth the LORD has enabled to be under their care.
In the passage the Word speaks of those who are “rich in this world” and how they are to be “rich in good works.” Believers who are “rich in this world” are to be “rich in good works.”The word “rich” simply means to be abundant. So, those Christians who are abundant in material and/or monetary wealth in this fleeting world, are to be charged to be abundant in charitable works/giving.
How could any true, God-fearing person sit on thousands or millions of dollars and not joyfully and feverishly search out and fund authentic Gospel ministries?
Is it a sin to be “rich in this world”? No, but the LORD instructs those who are “rich in this world” are to be “rich in good works.”
Those who have a lot of money are to be charged by Christlike leaders to:
- be not highminded
- do not trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God
- Be reminded that the LORD gives us richly (abundantly) all things to enjoy
- To do good
- To be rich in good works
- To be ready to distribute of what they have to aid others
- To lay up treasure for eternity and in light of the Judgment to come
- To lay hold on eternal life by not allowing greed and the love of this world to swallow up their faith
Earlier in this all-important NT chapter the Holy Spirit warns:
“But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.” 1 Timothy 6:9-12
In caring for souls, we should charged those that are rich to be rich givers and keep their souls from the snare of green and hoarding, ultimately leading them to eternal damnation.
When we have abundance in this world, we are to be rich in giving and are promised to be blessed for this eternally.
Beloved, we must immediately stop the madness of funding unfruitful ministries! The financial flow in the modern industry of church business is not pretty nor is it fulfilling the Great Commission our LORD gave us to teach ALL things HE commanded. His eternal kingdom is not being advanced in the hearts of men and in the earth through church services that are designed to entertain and further lull to sleep those already at ease in Zion (Amos 6:1). Yet nothing is going to change until the true remnant of the LORD ceases to fund false ministries (unfruitful according to New Testament standards) and begins to financially fund the true Gospel through full-counsel, God-fearing servants who labor for the glory of Jesus Christ alone - whereever they find themselves and not just behind a pulpit or in a church building. Friend of Jesus, cause every dollar you give to make an eternal difference in the hearts of men. Jesus is Coming!
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