A proud father once said: I am the richest man in the world. Fortune magazine presents statistics on billionaires. Wealth is measured in something you own. However, there is a another kind of wealth.
1 Timothy 6:17-19 (NIV)
Obtained wealth has to do with our possessions. For example, we have worked hard for our money. It is not wise to put our hope in it, because it is very uncertain. A financial crisis can easily take away our security.
Wealth we receive from God is certain. It is not about excessive money or goods, but about a loving God who richly provides us with everything. The reason that God gives is for us to enjoy it; not to set our hopes in it. We put our hope in God! He is eternal and never changes.
We are commanded to be rich in good deeds. This is a new form of wealth. It is characterized by qualities of the Kingdom of God, in which everything is different of our own kingdoms. In sharp contrast to our "culture of greed", this new wealth is created by generosity and willingness to share.
Getting rich by giving away is a new way of thinking that probably seems strange to us. We are told for a reason to be renewed in our thinking, because in God's Kingdom everything is different.
Just as this Bible verse teaches us: "It is better to give than to receive."
We are building a foundation for the future when we use our obtained wealth for others, wealth which we have received fairly and by God's blessing. People who received eternal life according to the redemptive work of Jesus, may live like people who are rich and show commitment to others - to the honour of the King.