|The Church of the Most Holy Trinity ~ Augusta, Georgia|
A story caught my eye on the internet today regarding a new study which found that “the majority of millionaires don’t consider themselves rich.” Research also shows that “wealth is relative, especially in a world that is trying to keep up with the Jones’s.” If you'd like to read more, you can find the article here: http://abcnews.go.com/Business/study-28-percent-millionaires-rich/story?id=19787629
Well, while there is certainly nothing wrong with having wealth and lots of it, the harm lies in becoming consumed in seeking the things of this world rather than the things of God--in pursuing self-serving and selfish gains rather than God’s will for our lives. I believe it’s good to ask ourselves a few questions.
When is enough, enough?
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Matthew 6:21 (See Matt.6:19-24)
To shine the spotlight on our “treasure”, we might ask ourselves--
Where do I spend most of my time, money, and energy?
What is most on my mind and in my conversations?
There you will find your treasure.
The following is an excerpt from my devotional, God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea, which seems suitable for this mediation.
Jesus’ parable of the rich man is a parable for our times. This man had so many possessions that he built bigger barns to hold them all—just like we buy bigger homes and put the extra in storage. Self-satisfied, he said to himself, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry (Luke12:19). The parable continues. But God said to him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? God calls the man a fool. This is a warning to us not to lose sight of the condition of our souls while we seek the things of this world.
Some people, in their eagerness to get rich, have wandered away from the faith and caused themselves a lot of pain (1 Tim. 6:10). How do we guard ourselves and resist the temptation to become preoccupied with things? Paul wrote to the Christians in Rome, Do not be conformed to this world, but continually be transformed by the renewing of your minds so that you may be able to determine what God’s will is—what is proper, pleasing, and perfect (Rom.12:2).
My Prayer: Dear Father God, renew my mind so that I may understand Your will and purpose for my work and my possessions. Help me to lay up treasures in heaven and to concern myself with my soul’s estate. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Backyard garden ~ Collage of Life
Thank you for visiting Write Moments with God. I hope you will excuse me for failing to put up as many devotions as usual. The summer season has been full of family related activities and out of town trips. Thanks for your continued support. I appreciate you so much.