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The True Cost of Wealth

We live in a culture that is always striving for more. It is difficult for many of us to be content with what we have. The constant bombardment of advertisements causes discontentment to rise in our hearts. We want the newest, the best, and the greatest things. Even though we have gadgets collecting dust in the basement, closets full of clothes, and cupboards full of food, we are not satisfied. We want more.

In a post he wrote for Storyline Blog, Joshua Becker reminds us of the danger our wealth and possessions have on our hearts.

Recently, I was driving through Seattle with a good friend in ministry. We were talking about Jesus, money, and possessions — a subject very dear to my heart.

I told him I had been challenged by the Parable of the Sower. In the story, Jesus taught about the four types of foundations in which we can receive the seed of God’s word.

“What I find so challenging in this parable,” I said to my friend, “is Jesus’s explanation of the third seed being choked by thorns and weeds. Do you know what He said keeps the seed from full maturity? He says it is wealth, pleasure and worry — the very things America is most known for.”

My friend responded defensively.

“Don’t you mean ‘the love of money keeps us from maturity?’ Isn’t that what Jesus said choked out the fruit?”

Continue reading How Wealth May Cost You More Than It’s Worth | Storyline Blog

 

A Quote to Ponder: Be Generous with Wealth

{2 Corinthians 9:11-12; NLT}

Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God. So two good things will result from this ministry of giving—the needs of the believers in Jerusalem will be met, and they will joyfully express their thanks to God.

 

In whatever sector of society Christian faith exists, it sets out to fight against the cost to human dignity that selfishness has exacted. It teaches the wealthy to be generous and to have a proper view of the privileges and responsibilities that come with financial success. When wealth is used properly and those who have it demonstrate humility, the inequalities of life are less bitter to those who do not possess it. On the other hand, for those who live in less-affluent circumstances, authentic faith teaches diligence, patience, industry and a recognition that the faithful execution of their responsibilities is to be done without envy of the rich or bitterness toward their own state.

William Wilberforce, Real Christianity, pp. 155-56

Questions to Consider:

  • Why is it important for us to be generous with God's blessings?
  • How can our hoarding blessings cause bitterness to those more unfortunate?
  • What can we do to bring dignity into the lives of the poor?

Use Your Wealth Properly

Quote from William Wilberforce

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