When John D. Rockefeller died, his aide was asked how much money and property he left behind. The man wisely answered, “He left it all behind.” We are fully aware of this ancient truth, aren’t we? We know that when we enter an art museum, we enter with nothing in our hands. But, if we were to begin to take all the paintings off the wall and seek to carry the sculptures out with us, we would not get very far. Only a fool would try to do something like that, right?
This week at Redeemer, we will complete our exposition of Paul’s first letter to Timothy as we consider A Closing—Be Rich in Christ, from 1 Timothy 6:17-21. I think it is very significant that Paul chooses to close this important letter to Timothy with an exhortation and warning about money, especially since he has already brought the dangers of money to the attention of Timothy earlier in this same letter. Apparently this topic is worthy of the consideration of this young pastor, his congregation and by extension, Christians everywhere!
Friend, where are you storing up treasure (verse 19)? Where do your hopes rest? Do you find more enjoyment in service or payday? Do you have any paintings under your arm as you are heading for the exit of the museum?