Friday, June 19th, 2009
"The man who loves money can never have enough." (Ecclesiastes 5:10 - New English Bible.)
Is it possible to pursue materialistic goals and still serve God whole-souled? No, it is not. Jesus explained: "No one can slave for two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will stick to the one and despise the other. You cannot slave for God and Riches." Jesus urged his followers to store up, not material goods on earth, but "treasures in heaven," that is, to establish a good name with God, who "knows what things you are needing before ever you ask him." (Matthew 6:8, 19-25) Paul told Timothy: "Give orders to those who are rich . . . to rest their hope, not on uncertain riches, but on God, who furnishes us all things richly for our enjoyment . . . , to be liberal, ready to share, safely treasuring up for themselves a fine foundation for the future, in order that they may get a firm hold on the real life." -1 Timothy 6:17-19.
(Watchtower issue: 10/01/07, 1:6, 7)
*I think alot of people might understand this principle "in theory," but have a hard time actually accepting the reality of what Jesus was saying here. -That God really does provide us with the things we need in practical, tangible ways, IF we truly trust and rely on him. We don't need to let fear and worry about our financial security cause us to rely so much on ourselves, that we begin to think of God more as our "backup -plan B" just in case our own financial plans don't work out. Even though it tends to be human nature to think that way, there's some really awesome yearbook stories about people who've experienced the reality of those words in their own lives which I'm gonna post.