Youth News - November 2009
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Youth News - November 2009

As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share..."

- Paul (in 1 Timothy 6.17-18; ESV)

I'm not so sure what "rich" looked like when Paul wrote this letter to a young pastor in the first century, but I did have an idea of what that looks like in our day: big mansions, fancy cars, luxurious forms of dining and entertainment, etc. And while these are all obvious descriptions of what it means to be "rich in this present age," a few years ago I was challenged by the idea that being "rich" might include a lot more than what I once considered.

Right now I have sixteen dollars in my pocket, and I live in a world where forty percent of the population lives on less than two dollars a day (that‘s 2.6 billion people). What does that say about being "rich?" Am I rich? Are you rich?

I never grew up thinking of myself as a rich person, but these days I've been challenged to think again. I believe that I am rich, and that this passage is written for me to pay attention to; and I believe that you are probably rich too, and that we share in this responsibility laid out in Paul's letter to his dear friend in Christ.

The young people at St. Paul's are currently raising money for an organization called World Vision - a Christian organization that seeks to respond to global crises such as poverty, hunger relief, disease, and natural disasters. If you are interested in supporting the youth in their cause, or in learning more about the youth group's fundraising for their ministry, you can feel free to email me at mkay@stpaulsbrick.org.

In a culture where so many are trusting more in money than in God, may you rest your hope fully on Jesus Christ, who "though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich (2 Corinthians 8.9; ESV)." May you enjoy and be content with the things you have in a culture where people are always "needing" more stuff. May you live out the calling to do good for others because of the free gift of grace that God has given you in Jesus, and may you be willing to generously share your "riches" with those whose needs are real; especially with those whose needs are a matter of life and death.

Grace & Peace from Him to you,

- Matt

 
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