“Reading the Bible with the eyes of the poor is a different thing from reading it with a full belly. If it is read in the light of the experiences and hopes of the oppressed, the Bible’s revolutionary themes … come alive.”
Jürgen Moltmann, The Church in the Power of the Spirit, 1977next >
Tell people who are rich at this time not to become egotistical and not to place their hope on their finances, which are uncertain. Instead, they need to hope in God, who richly provides everything for our enjoyment. Tell them to do good, to be rich in the good things they do, to be generous, and to share with others. When they do these things, they will save a treasure for themselves that is a good foundation for the future. That way they can take hold of what is truly life.
1 Timothy 6:17-19next >
Jesus wants to use our entire lives. Money, time, talents, energy, thoughts, prayers, dreams, words, all of it.
Jesus expects us to do good, be generous, and share. These commands seem straightforward enough. Love people; give to people; invite people into our lives. But one phrase really sticks out: “be rich in the good things they do.” What does it mean to “be rich” in good deeds?
Being rich is less about basketball shoes and Instagram likes and more about the way we live. We are called to richly provide for others as God has richly provided for us. Think about that today. How can we richly provide? A kind word? A hug? We must share the love of Jesus because his love is what richly provides us with strength every day.
Being a Christian demands a lot. We must commit our lives to loving and caring for the least. We have to be present. We have to give our time, our energy, and our talents.
Lee Ayresnext >
God of the field, of the city, of the church, of the world,
The one who blesses all,
Give me boldness to be rich in good deeds towards others
As you were first rich in good deed for me on the cross.
With the courage to challenge wrongs.
With unclenched hands to share.
With open lips to talk about God’s goodness.
With open eyes to see God in strangers.
Lee Ayres is currently a seminary student and intern for InsideOut Students at North Point Community Church. He is a born and raised Atlantan and has made it his mission to grow student leaders and Christ followers in the Atlanta area.
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