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Weekly Devotionals

Are You Poor?

The great Bob Marley once said “Some people are so poor all they have is money”.  I’m not sure if you’re a fan of Bob Marley’s music but there’s something to be said about this quote.  Now I kind of wish I could somehow play one of his songs while you read this.  I’ve known a lot of people who are very successful, rich and have so much money they don’t know what to do with it.  They live in houses that look like castles and even a theme park.  I’m not hating on people who are successful and have earned the fruits of their labor.  I don’t think it’s fair to judge all “rich people” because they have money.

Don’t get me wrong.  Money can do many things.  In fact, we can’t live without it.  But my point is rather how we view and value money and possessions in our lives.  If money truly is powerful and it’s the answer to all our problems, then we would not live in a world where there’s still poverty, sickness and hunger.

16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. – 1 John 3:16-18

All blessings come from the grace of God including all the success, our health and of course money we have in our bank accounts.  Brothers and sisters, let us be reminded that all we have come from His blessings.  Let us give thanks!  We are given the stewardship of it which means these worldly possessions are to be shared and to be used for Kingdom building not just for our pleasures.  Don’t be misunderstood that my point is not to mock or make you feel guilty for being successful BUT to understand that we don’t hang our worth solely on the size of our bank account.

17 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 18 Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. 19 In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life. – 1 Timothy 6:17-19

19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. – Matthew 6:19-21

I encourage you especially during this time of the year and reflect where our treasure lies.  Let us look around.  Not in too far places but near.  God has placed you in certain circumstances and situations.  I pray that you will practice your faith with deeds not with just words.

14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. 18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. – James 2:14-18