By: Barry G. Allen- President & CEO
Someone has said, “success comes not by acquisition but by contribution.” Winston Churchill said, “we make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.” Jesus said in Matthew 16:26, “what good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?”
The scriptures teach us if we are wise, we shall pay more attention to eternal values than to the things of the world. In I Timothy 6:7 we find this, “for we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.” Therefore, we ought to put godliness above everything else. In so doing we shall gain what is lasting. Everything else is temporal. Verse 9 warns us of the temptation trap into which we fall by our love of money. Sometimes those who have the least love money the most. We need to ask ourselves from time-to-time, do we have things, or do they have us? In verses 17 –19 the Apostle Paul told Timothy to charge those who were affluent not be arrogant or proud nor to put their trust in their wealth. Instead they (we) should put their (our) trust in the living God who gives us all things richly to enjoy. All things come from God and are to be enjoyed, but they are not to be worshipped.
Not only are we to trust the Lord, but also we are to be worthy of his trust. The Lord is seeking trustworthy men and women. If you are one of those, he is more likely to give you something, which you can use for his glory. Here is what Jesus said about trust, “whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?”(Matt 16:10-12).
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