Daily Devotion Saturday, May 25th

Saturday, May 25, 2013 – Psalm 104; Deuteronomy 1:1-8; 1 Timothy 6:6-21 and Luke 14:12-24

1 Timothy 6:6-21 – 6 Of course, there is great gain in godliness combined with contentment; 7 for we brought nothing into the world, so that we can take nothing out of it; 8 but if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these. 9 But those who want to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and in their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains.

11 But as for you, man of God, shun all this; pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith; take hold of the eternal life, to which you were called and for which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. …

17 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. 18 They are to do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share, 19 thus storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of the life that really is life.

How do you see yourself, as rich or poor?

Well, if I’d make a scale from 1 to 100, with 1 being people with great wealth and 100 being the very poor; I believe I’d fall on the rich side of things. Maybe at about 26.  Here’s why. Phyllis and I are buying our own home. We have two cars. We have three TV’s. We have internet, cable and cell phones (smart phones – smarter than I am phones) food in the refrigerator, food in the freezer, two refrigerators at that, money in the bank and in some investments. I’m well above the poverty line in America and thus also the world.

Here’s something I found while researching this topic; “Almost half the world 3 billion people, live on less than $2.50 a day. That’s an annual income of less than $912.50. Wow, that does make me very rich, very wealthy by world standards.

Maybe, most likely, my original 26, was wrong. Most likely its more like 15.

So, as I read verses 17ff with this in mind, I hear myself being called “to do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share.”

O God, thanks for all the blessings of my life; financial, material, and spiritual. May I never forget how blessed I am and may I always be willing to share of what you have given me and are giving me. Amen.

Psalm 104 – 1   Bless the LORD, O my soul.
O LORD my God, you are very great.
You are clothed with honor and majesty,
2        wrapped in light as with a garment.

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