Are You Rich Toward God?

Today’s Reading — Ecclesiastes 6:1,2 — There is an evil which I have seen under the sun and it is prevalent among men — a man to whom God has given riches and wealth and honor so that his soul lacks nothing of all that he desires; yet God has not empowered him to eat from them, for a foreigner enjoys them. This is vanity and a severe affliction.

I have known several of this man in my lifetime — men who seemed to have it all but lacked any sense of pleasure from it all. In the world’s paradigm or ours, having food and not being able to eat, money and not finding pleasure in spending it, is worse than being hungry or poor. Yet it might seem even worse if the one who amasses it losses it to another. David wrote — Surely every man walks about as a phantom; Surely they make an uproar for nothing; He amasses riches and does not know who will gather them. (Psalm 39:6)

Possessions without purpose are worse than worthless. They are a plague to the possessor, bringing no pleasure. Try this. Make a list of your possessions. After each, describe their God purpose. Is your house purposed forGod? Is your car? Is anything you own purposed for Gd, or is it all just vanity?

And He told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man was very productive. “And he began reasoning to himself, saying, `What shall I do, since I have no place to store my crops?’ “Then he said, `This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. `And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry.”‘ “But God said to him, `You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?’ “So is the man who stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.” (Luke 12:16-21)

Are you rich toward God?

Copyright 2008 © Stephen Faulkner and Mission of the Master Ministries, Inc.


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