Money is a powerful force. We work for it, save it, spend it, us is to satisfy our longings, and then wish we had even more. Aware of its distracting danger, Jesus taught more about money than any other topic. As far as we know, He never took an offering for Himself. Clearly, He did not teach about giving to fill His own pockets. Instead, Jesus warned us that trusting in wealth and using it to gain power clogs our spiritual arteries more readily than most other impediments to spiritual development.

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In telling the story of the "rich fool," He shamed His listeners for not being rich toward God (Luke 12:13-21), indicating that God has a far different definition of wealth than most of us.

Thereby, what does it mean to be rich toward God? Paul tells us that those who are rich should not be conceited about their wealth, "nor to trust in uncertain riches" (1 Timothy 6:17:). Rather, we are to "be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share".


Rather interesting! God measures wealth by the quality of our lives and our generous disbursement of wealth to bless others. No exactly Wall Street insider talk, but great advice for those of us who think that our security and reputation are tied up in the size of our bank account. Riches are a blessing only to those who make them a blessing to others.

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