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Devotionals

A Different Perspective - November 15

Good Money, Bad Money

by Berni Dymet

Eccl. 5:19 … all to whom God gives wealth and possessions and whom he enables to enjoy them, and to accept their lot and find enjoyment in their toil—this is the gift of God.

I used to think you had to be poor to follow Jesus; that somehow money was bad.  Not true. King Solomon, one of the wisest men ever, makes the point that enjoying the fruits of our labors is good - actually it's a gift, it's a blessing from God.

So where do we go wrong? At what point do you and I step over that line between godly enjoyment and selfish greed?

Met a man recently who's incredibly wealthy. He has a strong heart after God. And this question about that line was bumping around in my head. How is it that this guy can have so much money and yet still be so obviously full of the joy of the Lord and be so generous?

As I listened to him - the answer came: because he gives so much of his money into God's Kingdom. Instead of being a brutal master, his wealth is a faithful servant.

My hunch is we don't have to be mega-rich for that to work in our lives too.

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