The rich young man (verse 19:22) left Jesus very sad because he had great wealth. Jesus advises His disciples that for many people, their riches become their god. They depend on it. They think it can save them. Yet, it cannot! It is not the money that is bad but it is the love of money which gets people into trouble. We are called to be generous in our love for others which includes being generous with our money to help support others wherever possible. Who knew that being poor would be such a blessing… as money is not what we depend upon. Be blessed and be a great blessing!
Please send on this verse to your friends on email and social media by copying the blog or the link to it and forwarding it to them. Ask if they have heard this verse before. Ask if they feel that great riches can change people…and not for the better. Listen to their responses. It will help you to see where their heart is as well. Keep them in prayer. Tell them that you pray for them. Next, Take Time For God’s Word at 19:23 (7:23 pm) and as you check your own finances, then remember the warning in this verse. You may want to print this verse card and then keep it with you in your pocket or purse. Put it with your cash or credit cards. You will see it often. You will think about it with each purchase you make. It will give you perspective… an eternal perspective to what we spend money on each day. Enjoy it for your needs and for supporting God’s work!
We offer up prayers for Christian led causes throughout the US and around the world. Lutheran World Relief (lwr.org, Baltimore, MD) is one such organization that makes a huge difference in the name of Christ ‘around the world to end poverty, injustice, and human suffering’. You may know of other organizations that have similar missions. Do what you can to support them. We may never know the impact of our gifts yet we trust that many more will know of grace of Jesus through such loving acts of compassion and kindness. Stay blessed. Pass it on through the gifts you give and the support that you give to those sharing the love of Christ!