10% of Christ’s teachings concern the topic of money.
There is a purpose Jesus spoke about greed so often.
There is a reason “Thou Shall Not Covet” is the Tenth commandment of the Old Testament [Deuteronomy 5:21, Exodus 20:17]Why, God? Lend us your wisdom
Jesus says “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” — Luke 12:15
Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. [Psalm 90:12]
Today how many of you would consider yourself content with your current financial situation?
Would you consider yourself to be a somewhat greedy person?
Of those of you who say that they are “content” (not greedy), how many of you are currently in pursuit of more things?
Which of the 3 statements describes you?
I’m willing to bet many of you would say, “I’ve got too much!”
And you’re in the process of getting more: What sense does that make?
How then can we truly say ourselves satisfied and count our hearts content with what all we have?
Indeed, inside all of us do we feel a deep desire, a need, an internal struggle to pursue a higher calling, something greater than the only offerings of this world!
Abiding within each alive and breathing soul is a God-shaped vacuum in our hearts, being born again as children in the image of Christ’s creation.
He has hidden within our hearts eternity — the treasure chests of everlasting life [Luke 12:34, Ecclesiastes 3:11, Psalm 119:11].
His Holy Word, Wisdom, His perfect presence, power, precious and priceless Truth, the treasures and gift of everlasting love living inside each of us forever.
All money’s greed, fear, doubt, debts, doom, uncertainty, worry, anxiety, attachments, false sense of security, problems, ignorance, the blind mindless, endless consumerism and the resource curse critically comes from a condition of the heart: all money issues are God and Christianity issues at its core.
So the solution for our soul is the Sovereignty of God, the Wisdom of Jesus makes are soul whole! Christ’s care cures the heart’s hole, in its missing space we find fulfillment [ Matthew 5:17-20] in His amazing grace, awesome power, and all-abiding love.
Jesus is our sole sufficiency; Jesus is our heart’s joy and contentment! [2nd Corinthians 12:9; Philippians 4:13, 19; Nehemiah 8:10]
Tragedy begins when we start filling the room and emptiness in our hearts, “broken cisterns that cannot hold water,” [Jeremiah 2:13] with just stuff, placeholders, possessions and the other temporary material things of this world…
True treasure then begins with an accurate understanding, reverent, awesome [Hebrews 12:28-29], high and holy view of God:
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledgeProverbs 1:7a
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.Proverbs 9:10
Praying in peace and humility before the Lord, I ask you and for my own good to:
- Receive the wisdom and the power and the presence of the Holy Spirit Who [Ephesians 3:14]
- Helps us put off any past attachments for material possessions which steal and carry us away, and
- Heal our hearts by turning our souls heavenward toward the name of our Lord Savior Jesus Christ! [Philippians 3:14]
Let us close together in the Lord’s prayer
“Pray, then, in this way:
‘Our Father, who is in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
‘Your kingdom come,
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
‘Give us this day our daily bread.
‘And forgive us our debts, as we have forgiven our debtors.
‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.
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“Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
— Psalm 90:12