1 Corinthians – We have so much at our disposal spiritually but too often we choose poverty as it relates to spiritual prosperity. The Bible has very little positive to say about wealth. Most of scripture speaks of the power of wealth to cause us to forget God and trust in ourselves.
What are the values that we are passing on to our children about money. Sometimes we look around at our young people and we raise our eyebrows as if there is a problem. Perhaps we could trace back those problems back to the fathers and mothers of those kids… of your kids… What values are they living based on?
When it comes to wealth there are several world views.
- Societies world view – having more, fitting in, hobbies, easy retirements, etc. Primary pleases self. The end of such a world view often ends in spiritual and physical ruin.
- Christians world view – money is only a tool, something to be used to bring honor to God, a gift from God.
Ecclesiastes 5 – Who is writing this? It is the richest man who ever lived! He is saying that he is never satisfied with his income, it’s never enough!
Luke 12 – Don’t pursue prosperity at the expense of your relationship with God.
What am I doing with what I have? Is it how can I benefit more from this? Or is it “how can I be a better brother or sister?” Or “how can I help those who are less fortunate than I am?”
This world last for just a little bit. The one that is to come is forever. Where is your treasure?
Trust God to provide. He cares for the little things in life, he will take care of you. Don’t be running after all the things of the world. God knows what you need. Seek the kingdom of God and all the things you need will be taken care of.
We need to be careful where we put our heart. Our heart is going to be where our treasure is… worry about where you treasure is. Where is your treasure?
Riches are deceiving. They never fully deliver what they promise.
Psalm 112:1-3 – The man who delights in the Word of God is a truly rich man. He may be listed in the “poverty level” but in God’s standard his doing well!
It isn’t that we should be lazy, but we do need to trust God.
Luke 21:28-36 – The last days will not be hopeless. By standing firm you may gain life. If you have a heavenly focus, not looking around, you won’t miss the last days. Are you looking down and around you? Or are you looking up?