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Wealth

“Sell your possessions and give to those in need. This will store up treasure for you in heaven! And the purses of heaven never get old or develop holes. Your treasure will be safe; no thief can steal it and no moth can destroy it. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” (Luke 12:33-34) This verse has absolutely nothing to do with giving to the poor or helping those in need. You see, it has everything to do with yourself, what is important to you. When Jesus said this He just got through telling the parable of (the Rich Fool) that spent his life gathering positions and wealth and right when he thought he had everything, he died. You see, the spirit of what He was saying then and what He says to us all today is, don’t worry so much about this life the things here just don’t matter. Jesus said: “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need. So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” (Matthew 6:33) God promises to take care of you, do you believe that He can and will. “Don’t be concerned about what to eat and what to drink. Don’t worry about such things. These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs. Seek the kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.” (Luke 12:29-31) Paul said it in a wonderful way in his letter to the Hebrews he said: “Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” (Hebrews 13:5) Don’t you see that the pursuit of wealth is a fool’s game? It is a lie! If you spend your whole life pursuing wealth and you actually get it what have you gained?

The Bible says that King Solomon was the richest man to ever live and he had a lot to say about this. “Those who love money will never have enough. How meaningless to think that wealth brings true happiness!” (Ecclesiastes 5:10) “We all come to the end of our lives as naked and empty-handed as on the day we were born. We can’t take our riches with us.” (Ecclesiastes 5:15) This coming from a man whom in his life had more riches than anyone before or since, then evaluating his life at the end looks back and says “the pursuit of wealth is futility.” In (Ecclesiastes 6:9) he said to conclude this and suggest what you should pursue instead: “Enjoy what you have rather than desiring what you don’t have. Just dreaming about nice things is meaningless-like chasing the wind.” Our country and the individual people in it have a serious debt problem all brought on by this same way of thinking. Instead of being happy with what God has given us, the people of this land have pursued after more and more and are now in debt. Our government is in debt, people are in debt, and even our churches are in debt. I can’t find even one verse in the Bible where God used debt to build anything and I can’t even find one verse where debt is mentioned in a positive way, every single time debt is mentioned it is mentioned in a negative way. To me one verse says it all: “The borrower is servant to the lender.” (Proverbs 22:7)

Why are our government, our people, and our churches in debt? Because deep down some way you believe the lie that wealth and things will make you happy and it can’t, true happiness is in a rich and fulfilling relationship with the author of life Jesus Christ. Seek Him above all else and you will be more rich and fulfilled than you can possibly imagine. So what did the Lord mean when he said: “Sell your possessions and give to those in need. This will store up treasure for you in heaven!”? Whatever is in your life that is taking His place, get rid of it! God wants’ first place in your life, He loves you, He sent His son Jesus to die for you. “What do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your soul? (Mark 9:36) So don’t worry about the things of this world, it is all futility. If you haven’t accepted Jesus Christ as Lord of your life then I encourage you to do so now. “He stands at the door of your heart and knocks: (Revelation 3:20) Pray to Him confess your sins and trust in Jesus Christ alone to save you. You are not alone “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard” (Romans 3:23). He alone can save and you will begin a relationship that is worth more than all the riches of the world. And if he is your Lord talk with Him daily read His word daily. I can testify to the fact that it is so good, my heart’s desire is for you to know the Love God has for you.

God Bless,
Mike