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Foolish Wealth

Foolish Wealth

12 January 2011

Today’s Reading: Genesis 29-30; Luke 12

Scripture:

15 Then he said, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own…” 21 “Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.” (Luke 12:15, 21 NLT)

Jesus was at the peak of his popularity and the crowds numbered in the thousands! A man called out from the crowd and asked Jesus to take his side in a family financial squabble. Jesus’ reply directed the man towards eternal values instead of material greed. Then Jesus taught about true values – eternal values, and about being generous with what we have and trusting God for what we need.

Two truths stood out to me from these words of Jesus: 1) My true wealth is not measured by financial net worth; 2) It’s foolish to strive for material wealth and be a pauper in my relationship with God.

For some people, wealth represents freedom, security, power, or a way of keeping score. Jesus didn’t say it’s wrong to have wealth. Wealth can be a blessing.

Wealth can be:
• A blessed inheritance.
• The reward for hard work.
• The product of wise investment.
• A tool to do good for the less fortunate.
• A tool for changing things for the better.

Wealth becomes harmful when we accumulate it or use it at the expense of a rich relationship with God and at the expense of living a Kingdom of God life.

Prayer:

Father, It looks like dealing with vast wealth is not going to be one of my challenges. Please feel free to change that if you think best! But even the things I have and the things I want can lead to poverty in my relationship with you if I don’t hold them loosely and steward them properly. Help me to live a Kingdom of God life in rich relationship with you and in faithful service to others. Amen.

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