Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Pastor's Ponderings, August 31, 2022

Let Us Be Rich In Our Relationship With God

A musical singing group, the O’Jays, sang a song in 1973 entitled, “For The Love Of Money.”  A few of the catchy lyrics were, “For the love of money, people will lie, Lord, they will cheat. For the love of money, People don't care who they hurt or beat for the love of money.”   The Bible declares the love of money is the root of all evil (Timothy 6:10).


In the book of Luke, Jesus spoke a parable about a rich man who decided to tear down his barns that he thought were too small for his wealth to build bigger ones.  Yet he died without enjoying his prosperity.  The Bible says that this is how it is when one is not rich in his relationship with God (Luke 12:15, 21). 


God wants us to prosper. In the Bible, John, the apostle, writes, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth (3 John 1:2)God wants His children to be successful in life. Strong’s Concordance says, in this verse,  “prosper” comes from the Greek word, “euodoƍ” which means to be successful.  


In fact, He became poor so that His children could become rich (2 Corinthians 8:9).  While many may be consumed with striving for personal wealth at any cost to themselves or others, God’s blessings bring wealth without painful toil (Proverbs 10:22). 


God has done so much for us; He gave us His Son and with Him will give us all things (Romans 8:32).  Because of what He has done, is doing, and will do, let us not think only of our own interests but be rich in our relationship with God. 


Timothy 6:10

New International Version

10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.


Luke 12:15, 21

Amplified Version

15 Then He said to them, “Watch out and guard yourselves against every form of greed; for not even when one has an overflowing abundance does his life consist of nor is it derived from his possessions.”
21 So it is for the one who continues to store up and hoard possessions for himself, and is not rich [in his relationship] toward God.


3 John 1:2

King James Version

2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.


2 Corinthians 8:9

New International Version

9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.


Proverbs 10:22

New International Version

22 The blessing of the Lord brings wealth, without painful toil for it.


Romans 8:32

New International Version

32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?






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