Topic: 1 Timothy 6:17-19
Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life. 1 Timothy 6:19
Ours is a culture based upon having increasing amounts of stuff. In large measure, the success of our lives is judged by how much stuff we have accumulated over our lifetimes. This is not much different from the mindset of the man we often call the rich younger ruler who came to Jesus with his question about acquiring eternal life. When Jesus told him that his wealth would continue to get in his way of that pursuit, the man decided for the moment, at least, that his stuff was more important than his eternity. (See Luke 18:18-23.)
One of the dangers each of us faces almost daily is the temptation to live our lives for ourselves alone. Like the rich farmer of the parable who had more than he needed, we often only think of our own pleasures. The Bible teaches that we are to live our lives for God and others. When we have learned to live sacrificially, we have begun to build on a lasting foundation.
Father, take my life and let it be consecrated to Thee.