I've heard the Bible referred to as Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth. True, yes, but it is also filled with instruction and guidance for living your life here on this earth. If you have never opened it, you may picture it as a dry dusty tome of irrelevant material, something to sit on your shelf and make you look religious. I know that is what the one in my house growing up was for. Seven years ago I bought my own at the Half Price Book Store and have been captivated by the Word ever since. I don't claim to understand all of it, but, the practical application and advice for living has changed my life. I can see myself so clearly in the pages, especially in the Book of James. That is filled with advice for people in hard times, especially those people given to anger, selfishness, and temptation.
One area I never read as applying to myself is 1 Timothy 6. He has God's instructions to rich people. Clearly, He wasn't talking to me. Or so I thought, until I listened to this sermon series by Andy Stanley. If you have some time, or even if you don't, take a listen. Put it on your iPod, make a cd, or just sit in front of your computer with a cup of coffee. I promise you will see yourself and your "wealth" in a new way, one that will challenge the way you think. It's called How To Be Rich. Notice it isn't How To Get Rich. I don't want to steal any of his thunder so check it out here for yourself. (You can download it or listen to it directly)