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To Be Rich Or Not To Be?

By Don Loftis | 01.14.15

Sometimes money or wealth gets a bad “rap.”  Abraham was extremely rich and was also honored for his faithfulness to God.  David was a wealthy and powerful king, who was described as “a man after God’s own heart.”  Mordecai and Esther came out of their struggles set for life, and it was a wealthy Joseph of Arimathea who provided a tomb for Jesus.

The problem with prosperity is not in what we have but in our attitude towards it.  Money was intended to be a tool to use; hoarding it creates a toxic situation.  Paul addressed that in I Timothy 6:9-10,  “But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction.  For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”

If we love money or make possessions our goal we open the door to some serious problems.  Greed, materialism, and even idolatry are likely to follow, and God will not be honored.

Money, like all resources, is to be used unselfishly to advance the Lord’s agenda.  We are to serve the needs of those around us, to teach the lost locally and around the world, and to advance the kingdom of God in any and every way possible.  The bottom line is that we should accept God’s physical and spiritual blessings and to be sure that we are sharing them rather than storing them.

 


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