“Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.” (1 Timothy 6:18-19)
True faith involves both knowledge and conviction. We first know about God’s saving grace and then we act on that knowledge. Conviction moves us to act. Doing good, being generous, and being willing to share are the fruits of true faith. They are an outgrowth of the seed of faith, just as an ear of corn is the outgrowth of a kernel of corn planted in the soil. Our conviction moves us to do the good works that God has planned ahead for us to do as we walk on the path of faith.
As God transforms us by the renewing of our minds, we will find ourselves transformed from being “getters” to becoming givers. As we become givers we will be progressively more concerned with fulfilling kingdom objectives. Giving results in our laying up treasure in heaven. When we fully understand the reality of this principle, we truly begin to accomplish great things for God’s kingdom! Our giving truly will echo into eternity.
The promise of reward is a very real motivating factor as we consider the eternal impact of what we do in this world. The decisions we make here on earth truly will echo into eternity. In our passage for today we are promised, “so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.” When we give, we also experience life!
In what ways are you able to use your time, talent, and treasure to echo into eternity? Is this a new concept for you? Think about some ways you can deposit to your bank account in heaven!