Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.
In Chapter 2, Paul exhorts women to dress in “good deeds” rather than fashion, jewelry, and braided hair. Here, he exhorts those who are wealthy on earth, not to depend on their wealth for life, but instead, to be rich in good deeds – regarding their wealth as a means to help others, to relieve suffering, to be God’s hand of provision. In this way, they will lay up treasure for themselves in heaven. Wealthy in good deeds, generously giving them away, what a great way to live this Christian life!