1 Timothy 6:7-9, “For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.  And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.  But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition.”

Have you heard the phrase, “Naked I came into the world and naked I shall leave?”  This is paraphrased from the book of Job.  Nothing brought in, nothing taken out.  That is how peoples’ lives work.  As a baby, we are naked and then when we die, the clothes disintegrate and we are left with our body yet again.

So much of the world is all about get what you can and take it all.  This is contrary to how God wants us to live.  Does God want us to avoid all worldly possessions?  Certainly not.  The point where earthly possessions interfere with praise and worship of God is the problem.  God is first.  All others second.

Riches create problems.  Riches create avenues that can stray from God.  Riches can also help God’s ministry.  It is up to the person with the riches how the story plays out.  If God comes first, your heart is guarded against using your riches for evil.

Everything in the world is already God’s.  Why not give it back to God to help his ministry thrive?  Spreading God’s word is so important that everything else should pale in comparison.  God first.  Always God first.  He is, after all, a jealous God and worthy of our time.

Riches can also be time.  Your time is more important than money.  That means that what you do with your time matters to God.  God deserves your time spent in Word and prayer.  That is two areas that I continue to work on daily to avoid letting that slip away.

Heavenly Father,

I pray that you use your creation for your honor and your glory always.  Our time and money is your time and money.  Let us devote our time and money to you and the spreading of the gospel to the world.  Everyone deserves you and what you can give them.  Money fades, but your gift of eternal life never fades.  What is done in this life affects the next.  I pray that you also use this blog to reach people who need you.

In your rich and powerful name we always pray,

Amen

 

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