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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Rich or Poor

The Teacher answered a question about money troubles...

...by telling a story about a rich man who's land had a fabulous crop.  It produced more crops than he even had space for.  The man thought about his dilemma and decided to tear down his current storage to build bigger ones to fit all this wealth!  His worries were over!  He could now live life easy.  But, God's response was "You fool!  You will die this very night!  Then, who will get everything you worked for?  Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God."

Was the Teacher saying it was wrong to be wealthy?  No.  His point focused in on the man's heart.  He basically was saying that even in your plenty, you still need God.  Trust Him -- not your wealth.

The Teacher addressed the other end of the spectrum, too...  Thousands of people needing to eat and the only available food was a little boy's lunch.  Five loaves and two fish.  The amount didn't seem to bother Him, though, as He began to feed the whole crowd!  Yep.  And, there were even leftovers to munch on later.  He showed us that even in our poverty, He's sufficient.  Look at Him -- not your lack.

So -- rich or poor.  Either way, He tells us to trust Him. 

Life is more than just money and our possessions.

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