Pursuit of Wealth

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Plaque on the Mount of Beatitudes

Wealth makes things happen in the worldly systems; faith is the economy of the kingdom of God. Wealth equates with power in the world; poverty of spirit leads to eternal riches and prominence in the kingdom of heaven. Wealth is security for those who pledge, “In money I trust.” Jesus is complete assurance for the believer who hides himself in God’s shelter.

These thoughts come to me as I read Jesus’ teaching about  man’s love of money.

“No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money” (Luke 16:13).

Do not be surprised by having a sense of worth and importance just because you have some money in the bank, or you have some possessions on credit that give the facade there’s money. It’s the spirit influencing the world, and we, the Church, are susceptible to its seduction. The truly financially elite use their wealth for personal gain and enjoy the power afforded them. Apply the right amount of funds in certain situations, and things shift in your favor.

Jesus is not impressed. “What is highly valued among men is detestable in God’s sight” (Luke 16:15).

Money might move things in the earthly realm, but money does not move the heart of God. In fact, think opposite end of the spectrum: broke! Spiritually broke. “A broken and contrite heart, O God, You will not despise” (Psalm 51:17).

Did you get that?

God detests the security that one bases upon wealth, but He draws near to the lowly of heart. 

Although plentiful finances may have brought needed solutions to some problems we faced in the past, we come to a place of discovering the greatest need of the soul cannot be satisfied by a purchase. We come broke, or broken, to the Father in heaven and say, “I have no means of fixing this. My heart is empty. There is no true source of joy within me. I have no vision for the future. I don’t even like myself.”

The Father, in His all-surpassing, gracious love replies, “Now I can make you spiritually rich! You have come to the one, true Source! By laying down your way of life in which you did things according to your understanding, and by turning to Me, you are departing death and entering into life in my Son!”

“IF ANYONE IS THIRSTY, LET HIM COME TO ME AND DRINK. WHOEVER BELIEVES IN ME, AS THE SCRIPTURE HAS SAID, STREAMS OF LIVING WATER WILL FLOW FROM WITHIN HIM” (JOHN 7:37-38).

Blessed Child of God, you trust in the Lord for everything that concerns you. He does not fail you because He does not fail His Word. Hear the Father declare to you today, “All that is mine is yours!”

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:3).

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