Jesus looked at him and loved him. "One thing you lack," he said. "Go, sell everything you and and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."
In his recent sermon, "Money Matters", Pastor Wallace informs us that the number one argument couples have is about money.
Whether they have a little or a lot makes no difference. To spend or not to spend? To save or not to save? These are the issues where battle lines are drawn.
With the marriage too often being lost in the war.
I'm so glad my husband, Danny, and I don't fall into this category.
Danny maintains our budget religiously. All the bills are paid on time. Expenditures are made prudently.
And, expensive items are discussed and researched completely before any money is spent.
There is no such thing as going into debt. If we can't afford it, we don't get it.
Having been in relationships where the "get-it-and-spend-it" mentality thrived, this is a welcome relief for both of us.
We realize, too, that we must be good stewards of the resources with which God has blessed us. Everything earned is a by-product of the talents and abilities given to us by His grace.
To spend recklessly or hoard heedlessly opens the treacherous door to idolatry.
It allows our money to control us. Consume us. Take center stage.
When the only one who should be on that stage is God.
That's what Jesus wants the young man to see in today's scripture.
It is his wealth which stands between him and a true and lasting relationship with the Lord.
He cannot trust enough to let go. To let God.
He turns from the eternal riches promised by Jesus.
And, walks away . . .
Grieving. (Mark 10:22)
Are you controlling your finances, or are they controlling you?
Will you pray with me?
Help us to see, Father, that all good things come from You. Let us lay all that we have and all that we are at You feet. Remove the stumbling blocks in our lives which prevent us from living truly and abundantly in relationship with You. Amen.
Psalms 93, 96 or 34
2 Timothy 2:14-21
Sunday, February 5, 2012
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