Tuesday, May 19, 2009

daily text 05/19

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009
"So it goes with the man that lays up treasure for himself but is not rich toward God." (Luke 12:21)

The expression "rich toward God" is also rendered "rich in God's sight" (Today's English Version) or "rich in the eyes of God." (The New Testament in Modern English by J. B. Phillips) Those who are rich materially are generally concerned with how they might appear in the eyes of others. This is often reflected in their way of life. They want to impress people with what the Bible calls "the showy display of one's means of life." (1 John 2:16) In contrast, those who are rich toward God enjoy God's approval, favor, and undeserved kindness in abundance and have a warm personal relationship with him. Being in such a precious state surely gives them a sense of well-being and security, more than any material riches can provide. They do all they can to have a full share in the activities that are truly valuable and worthwhile in God's eyes. - Isaiah 40:11
(Watchtower issue: 08/01/07, 2:14, 15)