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CHOOSE: God or Wealth

God or WealthWHICH IS IT? GOD OR WEALTH

Money has always had meaning for people beyond its purchasing power. for many, money means success, power, and even moral worth. The giving of money has always established the giver as a valued member of a community. 

Jesus saw this as a private act of love to be seen by God, not as public act for show and honor. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,  so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”                                               Matthew 6:3, 4

God or Wealth

Usually one is more important than the other. Wealth is the chief rival of our day to God. It is said that money is a good servant but a bad master. Personally we must master money or money masters you. Are we being choked by the wealth and riches of the world so that our faith cannot grow to maturity and bring a bountiful harvest? 

God or Wealth

“The seed sown among thorns is the one, who hears the word, but then worldly anxiety and the lure of riches choke the word and it bears no fruit.”                                                                          Matthew 13:1-23.

Then the cares and anxieties of the world and distractions of the age, and the pleasure and delight and false glamor and deceitfulness of riches, and the craving and passionate desire for other things creep in and choke and suffocate the Word, and it becomes fruitless.

God or Wealth The enjoyments in themselves may be innocent, which worldly prosperity enables one to indulge. These “choke” or “smother” the word; drawing off so much of one’s attention, absorbing so much of one’s interest, and using up so much of one’s time, that only the dregs of these remain for spiritual things.”They bring no fruit to perfection” Luke 8:14: a possible promise of fruit—which never ripens. You may realize the truth too late: God expects and requires fruit. 

GENEROSITY

It’s easy to think that we’ve carved our own way, worked hard, proven ourselves, and been blessed by God as a result. There’s some truth to here, but these realities need not obscure the fact that we are all in the positions of influence that God has us as a result of the generosity of others.

We’ve all had help and we know it.

Generosity is not only primarily about money. We see a need around us and we seek to do something about it.

It often seems like this type of generosity is far more common for believers in the fourth-quarter of their lives. They know that their legacy hinges on the investment they make in others. But it’s often a rare trait for Christians in the prime of their lives.

How generous are you with your valuables; the stuff the costs money or money itself? We are not talking about your time or talent. “Teach us to give and not to count the cost.” St. Ignatius of Loyola

THREE REASONS TO BE GENEROUS WITH GRACE (MONEY)

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  1. Grace (money) is entirely about God and His love. We give grace (money) to show love. “Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another”.                                                          1 John 4:11
  2. We give grace (money) to prevent conflict. “See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled.”                                                                                                                     Hebrews 12:15
  3. We give grace (money) because are called to serve one another. “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.”                             1 Peter 4:10God or Wealth

Are we saying this will be easy? Nope! It won’t. In fact, giving grace (money) is hard. Giving grace requires laying down self and giving priority to others. Giving grace necessitates that we let go of our expectations and focus instead on encouraging others.

We demand grace (money) be given according to our need and yet we resist offering that same grace to others.

We cannot tell what may happen to us in this strange medley of life. But we can decide what we do with our talents and money. That is the real test of living: taking your gifts and making it a thing of worth and beauty. SAY: THE GREATEST GIFT TO GOD IS MYSELF!

BEARING FRUIT

“The seed sown on rich soil is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or thirty-fold.”                                                                          Matthew 13:23

The shock element of this parable is in the math. The few seeds that find their way to good soil produce a super-abundant harvest. Jesus delighted his audience by pronouncing boldly that this small amount of seed would produce a crop thirty, sixty, or even a hundredfold greater than what was sown! Agricultural historians estimate that this farming method never yielded more than ten to fifteen percent gain.

God or Wealth                                                                                                                    1 Timothy 6:17

Real Christian generosity seems hard to come by, but when you do see it in action it can be life changing.

Unfortunately, old habits die hard. Over time we tend to hear what we want to hear and to see what we want to see. No matter how educated, talented, rich or cool you believe you are, how you treat people and money ultimately tells all. People should use their talents to make money but money should not take away people’s attention from God, your Creator.

YOUR PRAYER

Lord, open my eyes so that I can see again. Open my ears so that I can hear your voice. Lift my heart to you so that I can experience a grace that will produce in my life an abundance that I cannot fathom and that I will share. Let my life become good soil, ready to receive the seed and be “one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit.”

A spiritual life is a life in which our security is based not in any created things, good as they may be, but in God, who is everlasting love. We probably will never be completely free from our attachment to the temporal world, but if we want to live in that world in a truly free way, we’d better not belong to it. “You cannot be the slave both of God and of money”.                                   Luke 16:13                                                                                                                   HENRI NOUWEN

Do Good Wealth or God

The few who do are the envy of the many who only watch.

 

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Money is like manure: it’s not good unless it’s spread around.                                                                                                                               Francis BaconGod or Wealth
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WHAT IS AVARICE?

AVARICE LEADS TO GREED

Avarice is what the inner condition of the heart gives rise to greed, which is typically categorized as excessive acquisition and excessive retaining of money and possessions: an overflowing shopping cart or anything that is a “great deal”.” What is Avarice? It is the holding on to one’s possessions with an unyielding grip.

“Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist of what is the abundance of his possessions.”                                                                                                                                    Luke 12:15

What avariceLike the other vices rooted in pride, greed is a do-it-yourself method of finding happiness, instead of being content to what God has given us and depending on His provision—the opposite to generosity. This virtue is about freedom – freedom from being too attached to money and whatever money can buy as opposed to a greedy person’s tight-fisted grip on money as his or hers. The generous is ready to give with pleasure when and where they feel they should. Here is the perfect test: is giving away things easy and enjoyable?

 Our giving always needs to leave adequate provision for ourselves and those under our care.  This is a matter of practical wisdom. The problem comes when one must determine what is excess.

Yes, it is harder to give away something that you have sweated over to acquire. It is always much easier to be generous with other people’s money. Finally it comes down to a simple question: do we possess our possessions or are we possessed by them?  “By your great skill in trading you have increased your wealth, and because of your wealth your heart has grown proud.”                          Ezekiel 28:5

It is possible to have a second related vice: first we over-acquire, and then we over-trash. This is a lifestyle of excessive and careless spending. We are also likely to be in dire need for more money, which becomes a vicious circle. “Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless.”                                   Ecclesiastes 5:10

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The fear of poverty may come from having experiencing hard times, even coming from having parents that were affected by the Great Depression. This fear of want dies hard. This need may follow one for an entire lifetime.

Consider Jesus’ example of voluntary poverty.  It wasn’t to live on crusts of bread within bare walls. Rather, the point is that a fully human life is to live in a way appropriate to human beings. Our possessions are meant to serve our needs, rather than our lives being centered on service to our possessions and our desires for them. Ironically, the more money and stuff we possess, the more money, time, and energy we need to protect and care for it all. “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.”     Matthew 6:19

“The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.” 1 Timothy 6:10  Why is that?  It happens because money itself becomes a goal. It becomes a great incentive to become self-sufficient so we can deny our need for God.avarice Continue reading WHAT IS AVARICE?