THE WEEK OF TRINITY I – TUESDAY

LESSON: 1 TIMOTHY 6:6-10

If riches increase, set not your heart on them. Psalm 62:10

Where there is true Christian faith, rich attire and sumptuous food will never be major considerations. Christian faith does not look for earthly good, honor, pleasure, power, or anything outside of God Himself. It seeks, desires, and clings to nothing but God, who alone is the highest good.

Whether there is costly fare or little to eat, whether there is splendid attire or nothing but very simple clothing, makes very little difference to Christian faith. Even if Christians must wear costly attire and wield great power in a position of honor, they think little of it. It may be that they have been forced into this by circumstances or that they must adopt such procedures in the interests of their neighbor. Queen Esther declared that she wore her royal crown reluctantly but was compelled to do so for the sake of the king. David would have preferred to remain a common man. He was compelled to become king for God’s sake and the sake of the people.

This is the way all believers regard their elevated roles in this world. They are compelled to accept power, honor, and glory, but they never allow their roles in life to ensnare their hearts. Basically, they continue to serve God and their neighbor however they may find themselves situated in this life.

SL 11:1196 (5)
AE 78:56-57

PRAYER: O God, our Father, Your Word is better than gold, and Your counsels are more precious than anything else in life. Grant us wisdom to seek the true riches, to know and possess You, and to be known and possessed by You, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.