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17th July 2023

Success


No one can serve two masters . . .


Matthew 6:24




It is not necessarily wrong in God’s eyes to be successful, if our motives are right. In fact, some of God’s most dedicated servants in the Bible were men and women who were financially successful — people like Abraham, Job and Lydia. The Lord's little band of disciples were supported financially by several people of wealth (see Luke 8:3).


At the same time, the Bible repeatedly warns us against greed and covetousness, which are sins. When things become more important to us than God, we are in grave spiritual and moral danger. Instead of controlling our money and using it for good, our money begins to control us and causes great harm. Jesus warned, “No one can serve two masters…. You cannot serve both God and money” (Matthew 6:24).


Greed not only hurts us, but it also makes us insensitive to the needs of others. Do you remember the story of King Ahab in the Old Testament? He already had all the wealth anyone could ever want, but he wanted more, and greedily coveted a vineyard belonging to a man named Naboth. Eventually, he arranged for Naboth to be killed, so he could get the vineyard. But Elijah condemned him: “You have sold yourself to do evil in the eyes of the Lord” (1 Kings 21:20).


Do not sell your soul for money or things. Instead, put your life and your abilities into Christ’s hands, and ask Him to use you for His glory. The greatest wealth we can ever have is a heart filled with Christ, and that's a heart that is always generous.

Bible Reading

1 Kings 1.

Prayer

Great God of Wonders and Grace, Thank You for all that You have give to me. Help me Father, to use it in Your service, help me to be generous of spirit. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.









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