Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Job 20:20, Luke 12:15 NIV 2011

“Surely he will have no respite from his craving; he cannot save himself by his treasures.”

Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

Zophar, one of Job’s friends, offered his take on the fate of the wicked. The belief bad things only happen to the wicked was a widely held theological belief during Job’s day.  Luke quoted Jesus’ words cautioning the crowd about amassing things. Jesus then continued with the parable of the Rich Fool. The Old and New Testament illustrate the same problem for the faithful: the desire to accumulate more. Being generous, loving the lost and spending time in prayer makes a believer rich in the Lord.

The world today says you are successful when you have more than the rest of those around you. At one time the saying was, “The one with the most toys, wins.” Looking back money, wealth and power have motivated lots of people. But money doesn’t really make anyone happy. I’ve been happier when we’ve had to work hard for what we’ve got.  When Jesus walked to the cross that was really hard work but He did it anyway and took the sins of the world upon Himself. We can each be rich in the Lord by doing what He calls us to do daily.

Where is He calling us to serve Him?

Rich beyond all measure,

S

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