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Wealth in God’s Kingdom

“And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.” 

Matthew 19:29,30

In the Bible, there are 2,200 references to money and possessions. That’s three times as many as to love, seven times as many as to prayer and eight times as many as to belief. Money comprises 15% of the Bible. One fifth of Jesus’ teachings were on money and 17 of the 38 parables deal with possessions. Jesus talked more about money than any single topic besides the Kingdom of God. Why? Because the number one thing that causes anxiety, fear and worry in our lives is a sense of lack. Money is a symbol of food, shelter, fun, freedom and all the things we think we need in life. Knowing this, it’s understandable why we humans tend to elevate its acquisition above all else.

This is yet another irony in the Kingdom of God. Jesus teaches that those who try to keep their money will lose it but that those who lose it for His sake will gain it. However, this doesn’t mean that He doesn’t want us to have it. I truly believe that God loves it when good people who love Him succeed in life, but He hates it when they put their trust in the creation instead of the Creator. It’s simply a matter of priority and focus. He is the source of everything good in life; He just wants us to acknowledge that He is. When we do, He will pour out immeasurable blessing!

Prayer


God, teach me to trust you with my needs and to let go of my tendency to hold onto money and possessions.

Reflection


Do you believe that God will take care of your needs? When it comes to money and possessions, what do you struggle to let go of?

One thought on “Wealth in God’s Kingdom

  1. Yes, I do believe that GOD will take care of my needs according to his riches in Glory By Christ Jesus Our Lord always now & forevermore ! As for money , I’ ve always been a giver & tither for years now which has been a a great blessing for myself & my family as well! As for possessions and things to give away is something that I have to work on this year on a daily basis which the LORD will guide myself on being a blessing to my family & others as well too ! That God mentions in the BIBLE to be helping others in need daily for us to be a blessing always!

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