We feel justified living in luxury while people around us languish because “I earned it”.
We have made it a doctrine and enshrined it in our self-made American Judeo-Christian religion.
But, Jesus does not share our American ideals of capitalism.
If we belong to Christ we do not “work for money” or ourselves. We serve the Lord, so we regard money and prosperity differently.
The goal of gaining more is not to eat more.
The goal of gaining more is so that everybody eats.
Consider Matthew 20:10-15:
“But when the first came, they supposed that they would receive more; and they likewise received each a denarius.
“And when they had received it, they complained against the landowner, “saying,
‘These last men have worked only one hour, and you made them equal to us who have borne the burden and the heat of the day.’
“But he answered one of them and said,‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius?
‘Take what is yours and go your way. I wish to give to this last man the same as to you.
‘Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with my own things? Or is your eye evil because I am good?’
— Matthew 20:10-15
Note that the landowner didn’t just go find workers, he sought people who didn’t have work.
This is in keeping with the point that Jesus is making about the Kingdom of Heaven: we all were without means of earning a living (eternal life) but I choose you and gave you that opportunity, and My heart was that everybody could live (good eye) while your heart was to have more than others (evil eye).
Being born again includes being given a new heart that looks at everything, including money with new eyes.
It is errant to save up treasure for yourself. See Luke 12:19-21
Because I’ve worked for it does not mean I can do with it whatever I please. I am the Lord’s.
Our approach to money and the power He’s given us to get wealth (Deuteronomy 8:18) should be seen as resources made available to take care of our Lord’s house and our fellow servants. See Matthew 25:44-51
Repent, with me.
This is an excerpt from one of three areas (identity, treasure, purpose) where the Lord is challenging lies I’ve embraced that hinder my receiving the “true riches”, and where He’s imparting to me the “things that make for my peace”.
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