“A faithful man will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished. To show partiality is not good—-yet a man will do wrong for a piece of bread. A stingy man is eager to get rich and is unaware that poverty awaits him.” (Proverbs 28:20–22)
God’s people do not set their sights on material prosperity. God’s people seek to be faithful to Him, to be fair and just with other people, and to help others. Wealth must not dominate life. We give our greatest thought and priority to what we really love.
Jesus did not condemn money in itself. He condemned obtaining or using money instead of serving God. Anxiety over possessions is also condemned, because it allows one to be troubled over the unknown tomorrow. God’s sustaining care allows Christ’s followers to serve Him without anxiety. Incomplete loyalty to God, love of money, and anxiety over material things are attitudes which corrupt God’s intended role for material possessions. Only God provides true security. Secure in Him, we can meet family needs and serve others.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, You have promised to meet our needs; yet, we struggle at times. Give us Your peace that passes all understanding, when it comes to our needs within our family and friends, that we may remain focused on serve the needs of others in Your name. Let us find our joy in serving You, that gives us the confidence that You will take care of our family, for it is in service to others, that we find true peace in our own lives. In Jesus’ name pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“What man creates feeds our desires. What God creates feeds our needs.”
“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” (1st John2:15)
Christian stewards are to care lovingly for God’s world. We must not give our first love to the world and its material goods. The steward’s supreme love is for God only. When the world becomes the object of our loving devotion, we show we do not love God. Beloved, it is about attitude. If we focused only on worldly things, we are not focused on God’s things. Serving God first and foremost helps us to maintain our attitude of being His servant in this world. God has promised to provide for our needs as they arise, and we must actively serve Him with this in mind, and He will provide for us better than we could do so on our own. I pray that you see and understand this in your life.
“When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles hands, he offered them money and said, ‘Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.’ Peter answered: ‘May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money! You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God. Repent of this wickedness and pry to the Lord. Perhaps he will forgive you for having such a thought in your heart. For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin.’” (Acts8:18–23)
Simon the magician had been performing all sorts of magic in Samaria, and many thought he had the “Great Power,” that only the apostles had. When the apostles come to Samaria, after hearing Philip preach the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized with water (including Simon who also believed). When the apostles in Rome heard Peter and John came to them in Samaria and upon arrival, they prayed for them that they might received the Holy Spirit, because the Holy Spirit had not come yet. Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. Simon saw spiritual power as a means to make money. Buying and selling church offices or privileges is a sin appropriately called simony! Christians must not use their faith or church membership to make money or gain prestige. Beloved the Holy Spirit is a free gift from God, not a commodity to make money. Peter rebuked Simon, for coming to them to “buy the ability” to sell the gift to others. Simon had professed his belief in Jesus, but was seriously misguided. His seeking to buy the gift, could be the reason it was delayed and coming to those in Samaria.
Second Thought of the Day:
The Christian steward must decide if Christ’s call to serve God by serving others is more important than worldly values. This is what it comes down to, beloved. What value to you place on your faith? Is there a monetary value that would give up your faith in God through Jesus Christ to obtain? Judas did it for 30 pieces of silver. Except for John, all the apostles lost their lives in horrific ways. If they had had a value, do you thing they would have died for Christ or do you believe that the others died for Christ and only Judas was misguided values? Do you have a value???
“Then Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Jesus to them. They were delighted to hear this and promised to give him money. So he watched for an opportunity to hand him over.” (Mark 14:10-11)
Loyalty to Christ does not have a price; yet Judas was given 30 pieces of silver, roughly the equivalent of 4 months pay, by the Chief priests to betraying Jesus. Judas valued personal power, political freedom and financial resources above Jesus and the kingdom of God.