Monday, December 9, 2013

IS WEALTH A TEST THAT THE MAJORITY OF THE WEALTHY FAIL? GOD'S Free Gifts are in infinite supply.

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A video is floating around social media that calls attention to the distribution of wealth in this country and people’s assumptions about it.  (click the words if you want to see the video)

            Provocative, yes; but, I wonder what difference it makes to us believers, or whether it should make a difference.  Depending on the concrete circumstances of our worldly worth, this information might play on our jealousies, or possibly, it could inspire some to acts of compassionate giving.

            I’ve come to think wealth is a test that the majority of the wealthy fail. 

I can’t get around the fact that Jesus’ said it’s easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than it is for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 19:23-24)   
After all, what people do with their money is their business.  If we have above and beyond our needs, we can satisfy our vanity, greed, and lusts if we so desire.  But, frankly, I believe God wants to see what we will do with it to bless others and further His kingdom on earth. 

Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.  Colossians 3:2

We know that all earthly riches are eternally grounded. (Most of them—silver, gold, precious gems—have to be dug out of the earth.)

Why trouble ourselves about the distribution of it? 
God promises to supply our needs.

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

The fact is, if we could have all the riches and all the things money could buy, still the things most precious to us would be the things that money cannot buy--things like

HOPE and LOVE and PEACE

Good relationships with FAMILY and FRIENDS

And the good HEALTH to enjoy it all.

God’s love freely given is in infinite supply.  All the fruits of the Spirit are available in abundance to us who are in Christ Jesus.

Our human hearts can receive these divine treasures daily—these spiritual riches.

Let’s celebrate God’s all sufficient love and grace.  Rejoice in His abundant blessings of salvation in our lives.
Photo courtesy of Fay Lamb
“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat!  Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare.  Isaiah 55: 1-2 NIV
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Thank you all so much for visiting Write Moments with God.  If you'd like to leave a comment below, I love to hear from you. 

Now, to announce the winner of a free copy of my devotional, God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea: Experiencing God in the Midst of Everyday Moments.  (My son had to draw the names from a bowl--I haven't got tech savvy on that one yet.  :-) )

Laura Hodges Poole
 
will be receiving a signed copy this week.  Laura, I pray you enjoy it immensely and I know the Lord will bless you as you draw close to Him. 

I'll be giving away more copies before Christmas, so come back everyone and be sure to leave your comments.

13 comments:

  1. I sometimes wonder if Christians who struggle financially (we live under poverty level at the moment) are in that position for a particular reason - to test other Christians who have much. I'm rich spiritually, but right now, don't have a penny to my name. Literally.

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    1. I pray God will give you His perspective and His peace on the matter.

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  2. You have done a good job of putting life back into a sane perspective. Thank you for the encoouraging words.

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  3. I agree, Rose. Luke 12:48 "When someone has been given much, much will be required in return."

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  4. Thank you Janet. I appreciate you sharing your thoughts. God bless you and yours!

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  5. So far it is patently obvious that God thinks I wouldn't be able to handle wealth. I'm still hoping he'll change his mind.

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  6. My dear Deborah, I admit, I laughed at your comment. But, He hasn't tested me yet either. :-) I guess I'm exempt from that one. All jokes aside...God richly blesses us, and I pray I get to the point that I never complain about what I have or don't have.

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  7. A good reminder, Rose. Money is such a strong god and we have to be careful we don't bow down to it . . .

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  8. Thanks Rose and Michelle. I appreciate your visiting and taking the time to comment. God bless you.

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  9. Thanks so much for the book, Rose. It's beautiful! I look forward to reading it. God bless.

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  10. It was my pleasure to send it to you Laura. I'm going to give away another one next week! Merry Christmas.

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