WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 3
And I’ll sit back and say to myself, “My friend, you have enough stored away for years to come. Now take it easy! Eat, drink, and be merry!”
Luke 12:19 (NLT)
GUARDING AGAINST GREED: CONSIDER OTHERS
A man calls up this very rich man in the community and says, “Our records show that you have never given to our charity and we were wondering if you would like to donate?” The rich man replied, “Do your records show I have an elderly mother who was left penniless when my father died, a disabled brother who is unable to work, or a widowed sister with small children who can barely make ends meet?” The caller responds, “No, sir, our records don’t show those things.” The rich man replies, “Well, if I don’t give to them, what makes you think I would give to you!”
Greed ignores the priority of relationships over riches. You don’t have to read between the lines in Luke 12:13 to see that this man and his brother were at odds with each other. The money had come between them. And in the parable Jesus teaches in response we find a wealthy farmer who has no regard for anyone other than himself when it comes to his financial resources. How many families have been divided over the settling of the family estate? How many relationships have become volatile over money?
The Bible is clear that the number one priority in life is to love God and that number two is to love our neighbor as much as we love ourselves. The way we spend our money is a reflection of our love for God and our love for others. There is incredible freedom and joy that comes when we begin to see money the way God sees it and to consider others when it comes to our investing and spending. Has your attitude about money become a hindrance in any of your relationships? Ask God to help you use money as a way to show love and not create division.