Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Money, Money, Money, Money...

Luke 12:32-34 "Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell what you have and give alms; provide yourselves money bags which do not grow old, a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches nor moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

The love of money is demonstrated everywhere. People are greedy to get more, thus they send their babies off to “free” government day-care so both parents can work. People are terrified of losing what they do have which is why there are so many angry rants in the paper about the price of gas. Start your own gas station if you think it is so unfair. This is still America. This greed and worship of mammon is seen when there is absolute panic on Wall Street any time gas gets expensive or our economy reaps what it sows.

Jesus tells us to take on this fiasco by not worrying about food and clothing because He values us more than the birds that he feeds and the flowers he clothes. He assures us that we don’t need to be depressed and anxious about having food and drink, Luke 12:30 For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things.

Our heavenly Father knows what we have need of. The promise of the Bible is this. Luke 12:31 But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you. Love God first and the most. Spend as much time on God as you do football! Spend as much money on the Kingdom of God as you do on boat payments, leased vehicles, internet, cable TV, and food. Get out of debt, not into more. Be as zealous about providing yourself treasure in heaven as you are treasure on Wall Street, because as the Scripture says and the current crisis proves, thieves come in and steal that.

You want to know how to respond to the economic crisis? Luk 18:22 So when Jesus heard these things, He said to him, "You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me." Mar 8:36 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?

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