In the world but not of it

January 18, 2010

Money is many things…

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

So don’t be dismayed when the wicked grow rich and their homes become ever more splendid. For when they die, they take nothing with them. Their wealth will not follow them into the grave. In this life they consider themselves fortunate and are applauded for their success. But they will die like all before them and never again see the light of day. People who boast of their wealth don’t understand; they will die, just like animals. Psalms 49:16-20

Let’s be honest, we envy people who have money. We desire better things for ourselves and when those around us are in a position to buy them our initial emotion is one of envy.

Perhaps in our hearts we also criticize our brothers and sisters in the Lord who have been blessed with finances but we would never dare say it openly, it is much easier to live with the inner jealousy and resentment than it is to speak our mind…

Money changes people.

Money gives people a false sense of security.

Money causes people to believe that they possess a level of freedom and influence they did not have prior.

Money often contributes to the change of heart one may experience towards those of less or greater status in their lives.

Money is a vitamin that nourishes our pride and contributes to its health and longevity.

Money is hoarded by those who have it and separating them from it can be a painful task no matter how much of it they possess

Money is all these things…

Money is not bad in and of itself. The ability to earn it and use it wisely is a gift from the Lord and not just a result of common sense and compassion as some may think.

Money cannot solve world hunger or other major social issues but when used well it can put a large dent in many of the ills of society. There are many people, regardless of their status in society, who share it openly and desire to use it for good.

Money is a tool in the hands of many and comes in all forms of shapes and sizes.

Money is an incredible responsibility that few manage well and it can bring extreme forms of joy and sorrow.

Yet with all these truths about money, people still desire more of it and view it as the answer to their troubles.

This includes Christians. Yes, we are also guilty of giving money more attention and honor than it deserves.

Christians, like everyone else, will go to great lengths to coordinate meetings and events to discuss making more of it yet those same people can’t seem to coordinate meeting to pray.

Money has an interesting way of shining a bright light on our hearts and exposing the motives and desires we try to deny exist within us…

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