What does it say? Paul closed his first letter to the church in Corinth by discussing a believer’s responsibilities regarding money, time, and people.
What does it mean? Paul opened this chapter with the expectation that followers of Christ contribute financially to the expenses of the church and help those in need. The fact that the collection was taken on the first day of the week, Sunday, indicates that giving is an act of worship. Paul approached the use of his time as seriously as he did money. He prayed for God’s direction as he made plans and waited to see “if the Lord permits.” He then mentioned seven friends and co-workers by name. Paul valued his friends and encouraged their service for the Lord, which connected them to him and each other.
How should I respond? Today’s church still has the same three resources as Paul: money, time, and people. It’s important to pray about the handling of these assets. How has reading the Bible influenced the way you spend time and money? Impulsive decisions can needlessly complicate your schedule and reduce what you can contribute to God’s work. What opportunities has God given you to mentor someone as Paul did Timothy? Every possession, relationship, and moment of life is given by God to use for His purpose. Today, how can you be a careful steward of all God has given you?