Leaving a legacy of wealth

This week we’re probing the idea of how to be wealthy (without any money).

In 1 Timothy 6:18 Paul writes, “Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.”

Connected to this, on Wednesday we talked about having a real relationship with God. And on Thursday we talked about being content.

Today I want to ask you this question: Do you spend so much of your time and money on yourself that you can’t bless or help anyone else when the opportunity arises?

Here’s why that question is important.

If you’re going to be “rich in good deeds” and “generous and willing to share” you need the mental and physical resources to step in and step up when required.

Unfortunately, so many of us are focused on ourselves that when an opportunity arises to help someone else it feels more like a burden than an opportunity. And so many of us are financially stretched (and undisciplined) that when an opportunity arises to bless someone materially, we just can’t do it. (Or don’t want to.)

It’s hard work to come back into balance. I need to work at it all the time. And I realize it takes discipline to free up money for the benefit of others.

But the end result doesn’t just help others—it helps YOU.

Do you want to know what happens to people who go out of their way to give practical help and hope to the people and relationships around them? They become rich. Are they happy every single moment of their lives? No they’re not. But that’s not the point. The point is to glorify God and get in on the ways Jesus is renovating the world.

Think through today’s key question: Do you spend so much of your time and money on yourself that you can’t bless or help anyone else when the opportunity arises?

As you ponder it, remember that the greater joy in life isn’t being perpetually happy with lots of stuff. It’s glorifying God, and getting in on the wonder-filled ways Jesus is renovating the world.

That’s leaving a legacy of wealth.

By Matthew Ruttan

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