“One man pretends to be rich, yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.”
In the above scripture God is telling us that we cannot focus our lives on gathering and accumulating material possessions and money. These will be given to us and he will allow us to prosper if we follow his commands, but the focus of our lives cannot be only on how much material wealth we accumulate. I believe God will provide all our needs for us and our families if we follow his guidance for our lives, but it is how we use what he gives us that will determine how much he will allow us to have. In the Parable of the Talents the servants who used their talents wisely and increased them were given additional talents, which they could then use to help others around them. However the servant who did not use his talents wisely had his talents taken away. I believe God will give us success, and will let us prosper, if we use our success and prosperity and increase it, and then return part of this return to help others. Money and material possessions does not provide us happiness. The joy and peace of our lives comes from obeying God and his commands, and if we ask him for guidance and direction in everything we do, he will direct our decisions and lead us to prosper in everything we do. Proverbs 19:21 “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” God wants us to be a cheerful giver and he will provide us with wealth in order not only to provide for our families, but also to allow us to help others. We cannot hoard our wealth and accumulate it only for ourselves, but must share our wealth with the less fortunate people around us. It may be hard to tithe when we think we have very little to give, however we must always remember we have what we have because Jesus has provided it to us, and he expects us to give back in return. We need to remember that whatever we have, God already owns it all. Jesus warns us throughout the Bible that our treasures on earth are not our material wealth and things that we accumulate, but rather our good deeds and the way we live and conduct our lives and follow his commands. If we follow the directions the Bible teaches us we will have all our needs provided, and will have the peace and joy in our lives that God promises us. Matthew 6:19-21 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Pastor Robert William Brock, Jr.
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