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The necessary evil.

15 Sep

Did you know that money is talked about in the Bible 140 times?  If you take into consideration the actual words “gold or silver” you gain another 737 times.

But I’m focusing more today on money.  The idea of wealth and need.

The way Jesus viewed money and taught His disciples to view money is a far cry from the way we view and use money today.  He taught numerous times of the danger involved in loving money.

Some of the main points made about money are:

~money is the root of evil (I Timothy 6:10)

~money is an idol and you can’t serve both God and money (Matthew 6:24)

~people who love money can never have enough money. (Ecclesiates 5:10)

~money is fleeting.  (Proverbs 23:4-5)

~treasures on earth will fade away but treasures in Heaven are eternal. (Matthew 6:19-20)

~it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than the rich to enter the kingdom of God. (Matthew 19:24)

 

Even the most giving Christians in the world today are a shallow representation of the disciples and what they really understood about money, need and the point of this life.

Look at this section of scripture:

Acts 4:32-35

32 And the congregation of those who believed were of one heart and soul; and not one of them claimed that anything belonging to him was his own, but all

things were common property to them. 33 And with great power the apostles were giving testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and abundant grace

was upon them all. 34 For there was not a needy person among them, for all who were owners of land or houses would sell them and bring the proceeds of the

sales 35 and lay them at the apostles’ feet, and they would be distributed to each as any had need.

WOW!  Do you REALLY get what was happening?

People were literally selling their houses, bringing all the money in and laying it at the disciples feet so they could distribute it where the needs existed.  No one would have been in need!  No one would have been rich while others were poor.  They were equals, making sure they took care of each other, and using money to meet needs, not gain wealth.

We can’t even fathom that.  We have people in the world today with Billions of dollars and so many homeless and needy people on every continent.  The spectrum has widened to such a level that we admire the rich and think of them as successful, and despise the poor and think of them as lazy.

The world has totally devoured the notion that we love money, not people. We need money, not God.  We live because of money, not because of Jesus’ blood.  We are successful with wealth, we are failures in poverty.  We need entertainment, and it comes at a cost.  The cost of people dying from starvation because we help make the rich more rich and the poor more detestable and unworthy.

This week, I was so depressed to attend a meeting where the whole theme screamed “we need money… and the rich are the ones who have it.”

Where is the trust that God will multiply the offering?  Where is the love for people in the greed for money?

I’m as guilty as the next guy for sure.  My scale is smaller because my money is less. However, I have LOADS of extras that I wouldn’t need to have to live.  And I certainly haven’t taken the steps to sell all of it and distribute it to those in need around me, or in other parts of the world as I could, to do my part.

Shame on me.

Practical Application:

Confess my love for money, even if it only best seen in my hatred that I don’t have enough of it.

Lay down my need to see past today.  God says He’ll provide.  Stop trying to store up my treasure just incase He is lying or lets me down.  Jesus doesn’t lie.  He will provide my needs.  And destroy my unnecessary wants for me, so He can protect my character from taking on evil characteristics and keep the godly ones He is refining me to obtain.

Pray for a way I can take a challenge this week to specifically give beyond what I find comfortable.