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Money and God

by Rev. Fr. V.V. Paulose, Toronto, Canada

Today's Bible Verse

"If you canít be trusted with worldly riches, then who will trust you with true riches." (Luke 6 :10)

Discussion

Honesty in money matters breeds richness in happiness. Is this true in your life?

Our integrity is often put on the side in money matters. God calls us to be honest even in small details; things we could easily ignore. Heaven's riches are far more valuable than earthly wealth.

Money can easily take God's place in your life. It can become your master. Money is a hard and deceptive master. It promises power, happiness and control, but it can't deliver these. No amount of money can provide health, happiness, or eternal life. How much better it is to let God be your master. His servants have peace of mind and security, both now and forever.

We live in an age that measures people's worth by how much money they make. God detested the wealth of Pharisees because it caused them to abandon true spirituality. Though prosperity may earn people's praise, it must never substitute for devotion and service to God. Money may make a man happy with more comforts but it cannot increase or make an unhappy man happy.

Thalkalai is the erstwhile capital of the Raja of Travancore, located in Tamil Nadu, India. The king's palace is now a museum. We can see the Kingís throne placed on top of the treasury and the king used to sit on it. The king did it so purposefully to show and teach his subjects that money is not the master of the kingdom but the king.

Money was tight for John Wesley in 1700's. He had to budget to survive. With $40 as his income in an year, he managed to live with it and also set aside $4 to give away to the needy. When his income increased to $2000 per year, he still held his budget and lived on $40. He gave the rest of the money to people who needed it or to charities that would help to tell others about God's love for them.

How could John Wesley do this? All we do know is that at an early age John decided to make sure that money would be a servant, not his master. "The thing you should want most is Godís kingdom and doing what God wants. Then all these other things you need will be given to you" (Mathew 6:33).

Prayer

Jesus, let us seek thy kingdom first. Let a generation spring out who are honest in all matters of life, especially in money. Let us understand that we cannot serve money and God at the same time. Wean away those who are unhappy with piles of their wealth. Let the rich be gracious to the needy. Let us learn to live with the bare minimum. May pomp and show be cut off from our lives. May all the genuine needs of people be met. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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