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Handling Riches

Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty,
nor to trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.
Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share,
storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come,
that they may lay hold on eternal life.
1 Timothy 6:17-19

Today you and I get to sit in the front row at the apostle Paul’s money management seminar and learn firsthand how to handle what God has blessed us with… God’s way. What principles does Paul promote?

Principle 1: Avoid the temptations of the wealthy. Do not become arrogant and place your trust in earthly riches instead of in the living God.

Principle 2: Engage in the duties for those of means. Be rich in good works, be prepared to give, and be willing to share.

Principle 3: Resist laying up treasures for yourself. Share earthly treasures and remember — the fruit of your salvation will be seen in your attitude toward others.

Principle 4: Lay hold of good works. Giving doesn’t require money. You can give to others with your attitude and actions.

There’s a lot to learn about how you relate to money by taking a good look at your bank statement and your credit card statement. Your attitude and priorities are there in black and white. Are you a spender? A giver? A hoarder? A saver?

God may not be asking you to sell or give away all your possessions and wealth. But He is definitely asking you to prayerfully consider how you handle the riches He’s given you. So become a cheerful and generous giver. Give in His name — your heart will reap the rewards of joyously giving!

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