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Through "The Basics with Beth," Beth Jones is teaching the basics of God's Word to help you live a life you love and love the life you live! 

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Enjoy Life

Beth Jones

[I recently wrote a new book: Wealth & Generosity - Living in God’s Economy. This week, I'm sharing short excerpts from the book to encourage you to put God’s principles into practice in your own life!] 

Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share…” 1 Timothy 6:17-18

When it comes to wealth and generosity, we should trust in the living God and recognize that, according to His Word, “He richly gives us all things” for two basic reasons:

1) To enjoy life
2) To be generous

How does that translate into our lives? For many people it’s a shift in thinking. You begin to think like a wealthy and generous person. For instance, you see yourself as valuable and worthy of being blessed as well as capable of being a blessing. You get rid of the pauper mindset and see yourself as the beloved royal son or daughter of the King that you are. You get rid of the “mine, mine, mine” or “hoard, hoard, hoard” mindset and see yourself as a blessed to “give, give, give” person.

Think about it.

When it comes to enjoying life, the Lord wants you to know it is God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy, so you can quit apologizing or feeling guilty for being blessed—and while we’re on this topic, make sure you don’t judge other believers who are living the dream. Just accept the fact that God loves you and wants you blessed and enjoying life (and giving, but we’ll get to that more in Friday’s devo). That means it’s time to stop thinking like Secondhand Sue. (It’s not that you can’t still love a great sale or shopping at thrift stores, it’s just that you quit thinking like a second-class citizen.) When you realize God wants to bless you richly so you enjoy life, you’ll start to believe that your path will shine brighter and brighter. You’ll be thankful for His abundant favor and goodness.

Do you know how often God—in various ways and through various people in the Bible—asked His people: “What do you want?” (Notice, He never asks: “Will this do?” or “Would you settle for this?”) Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with a good deal, but sometimes you just have to be okay with enjoying God’s goodness, even if it’s not on clearance! Go ahead and order your steak with the blue cheese upgrade. Get the hash browns for an extra $1.69. Upgrade your seats on a flight, take a vacation with your family, buy the boat, or join a club. Give yourself permission to enjoy life!

It’s important to note that a blessed and generous life will look different for everyone. (There was a season in my life where being able to buy Del Monte canned pineapple instead of the generic brand would have been the epitome of a blessed life.) 

We also need to realize that the reality of poverty does not negate God’s blessing, nor should it cause those who experience the reality of God’s blessings to feel guilty or ashamed. Rather, both of these realities should inspire us to experience the reality of wealth and success so that we can ease the burden of poverty on those in our sphere of influence. 

In the end, faith in God and His Word is the secret sauce that brings real change to individuals, families, communities, and nations when it comes to wealth and generosity!

Say It: “Father, Thank you that Your Word says it is You Who gives us richly all things to enjoy. Help me to understand Your desire for me to live an abundant life and to likewise ease the burden on those around me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”