Last week in the aftermath of Black Friday, we looked at the Trap of Riches and the Gain of Contentment. And certainly there are many Americans, many Christians, who struggle with materialism.
But there’s another type of person that Paul addresses in this passage—who keeps all his money to himself; who may even say, “I’m content…to swim in my vault full of gold coins like Scrooge McDuck.” This is someone who never spends money on Black Friday, who rarely shops for anything, who gives very meager, if any gifts at all at Christmas.
One day a thrifty Scottish man was walking down a dark alley at night, when he felt the barrel of a pistol in his ribs. The robber demanded, "Your money or your life!"
After about 15 seconds, there’s no answer, so he repeats his demand, "Your money or your life!"
The Scotsman replies, "I'm thinking it over!"
Today we’re going to see that this passage tells us how to be rich. In verses 17 & 18 use the word “rich” four times in four different ways—as a noun, a verb, an adjective and an adverb.
This morning we’re going to see how to be rich—how to possess your money, so that it doesn’t possess you.