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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Too Much Money?

Does too much money have you?

I know some wealthy Christians. Some of them support the Lord’s work generously; others support themselves generously. Obviously, the former group practices good stewardship; the latter group doesn’t. The former group doesn’t have too much money, but too much money has the latter group.

Too much money has people if
• they squander it on selfish interests;
• are ungrateful;
• refuse to give liberally to the Lord’s work;
• always crave more;
• assume a snobbish attitude;
• waste it on worldly pleasures;
• place a higher value on it than on their children;
• fail to help the needy;
• think it can buy happiness;
• think it offers lasting security;
• think it can buy true friends;
• expect special privileges.

We don’t have to wait until Thanksgiving to thank the Lord for what He has given to us and to accept the responsibility of wise stewardship. Offerings to churches and Christian organizations have decreased this year, and unemployment has risen. If you and I have more than we need, shouldn’t we give more of what we have to support the Lord’s work and offer a helping hand to the needy?

James 2:15 and 16 offer these challenging words: “Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, ‘Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?”