Tuesday, February 1, 2011

February 26 (Exodus 9; Luke 12; Job 27; 1 Corinthians 13)

Have you ever heard this statement: “He who dies with the most toys wins”? This is the basic mentality of our world. Whoever can accumulate the most stuff by the end of his life will be considered one who succeeded.  The perspective of the Bible, however, is much different. In Luke 12:13-21 Jesus tells a parable about a rich man who stored up more and more and gave no thought for his soul. God calls this man, Jesus says, a “fool”. Jesus told this parable to a man who wanted his brother to divide his money with him. Jesus warned this man to beware of the desire to obtain wealth (no matter how legitimate his case may be).  Jesus tells this man to “guard” himself against the attacks of covetousness. In Jesus’ mind it was more important to maintain healthy relationships than gather a few more “toys”. You see; he who dies with the most toys still dies. He can’t take those toys with him. May this cause us to desire to invest in that which will last for eternity, namely the souls of men and women all over this globe. Do not fall prey to the deceitfulness of riches! It is more blessed to give than to receive! (See Acts 20:35)

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