“Money, Come to Me!”

Daily Devotional: Day 101

“And He [Jesus] said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses’” (Luke 12:15, NKJV).

Jesus made the above statement about 2000 years ago. Yet His statement is extremely relevant for today’s generation. Our society makes a big deal of people’s net worth. Gradually, the trend is to measure people’s value by their material possessions. Fascinated by celebrity lifestyle and driven by our consumerist culture, young people (and even some older people) are increasing seeking validation through material possessions.

Our society is constantly pushing the false notion (via movies, TV shows, magazines, books, the educational system, peer pressure, etc.) that a person’s worth is primarily measured by the material possessions he has accumulated.

Even more disturbing is the growing obsession in our churches with the so-called ‘Gospel of Prosperity’ and its persistent emphasis on ‘sowing seed.’ Instead of being an example to the world, churches are also falling for the lie. The effect is that the poor among us and those who are struggling financially are made to feel  awkward in the house of God.

That is what happens when you’re made to feel that your lack of financial prosperity is probably a sign that you don’t have enough faith, or you don’t sow enough seed, or you don’t pray enough, or you don’t pay your tithe, or you’re under a curse, or you just don’t ‘confess’ the right things.

In fact, on some occasions Christians are even encouraged to confess by faith: “Money, come to me! Money, come to me!” But this is a different Gospel – which is no Gospel at all. It is not the Gospel preached by Jesus, the Apostles or the Prophets.

True, the Bible talks about ‘sowing and reaping’ to describe the blessings of giving (cf. 2 Corinthians 9:6-15). But like everything in the Bible, one can pull passages out of context or capitalize on biblical concepts, blow them out of proportion and create ungodly practices or doctrines out of them. We all need to carefully examine Jesus’ statement in today’s Scripture reading. He says, “one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses” (emphasis mine).

Jesus is not against material prosperity. But He is against obsession with material possessions and the giving of the impression that people’s wealth – or lack thereof – is the measure of their worth. Don’t give in to the ungodly pressure to prove your worth. Your true worth as God’s child is measured by your standing with the Father and how much treasure you have stored in heaven through your faithfulness to God’s calling. 

Your worth is not about what you have, but who you are in God’s sight. God sets your true worth, not Hollywood, not Wall Street, not your bankers, and certainly not your friends. 

Prayer:

Lord, I am what I am by your grace. I give you all the glory and honor. Help me to always realize that my true worth is based on your love for me and your divine calling upon me. In the Name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.

For further study: Luke 12:13-34

Heaven Bank Savings

Daily Devotional: Day 56

“But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Matthew 6:20-21, KJV).

Jesus didn’t come into the world to discourage us from building the human family on earth. In fact, on the contrary, he empowered us to bless the world with the love and truth of God. That said, Jesus wants us to understand priorities.  He wants us to avoid the danger of prioritizing this temporary world over matters of eternity. Every human being is first and foremost a spirit. So, it’ll be a mistake to invest in this passing world to the detriment of your spiritual health. As Jesus stated, “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26). Knowing the distinction between eternal realities and temporal realities is an essential part of walking with God. As in the day of Jesus, so it is today. People can get so caught up with the material things of this world that they forget that they have a higher supernatural calling in Christ Jesus.

In today’s Bible passage, Jesus exhorts us to lay up treasure for ourselves in heaven’s bank. You have an account opened for you in heaven. And Jesus says you have the responsibility to increase your treasure in heaven. You see, our decisions have consequences. Everything we do or fail to do affects our heaven bank account. Your true treasure is in heaven, where there’s no corruption. As you go about your normal life, obeying Jesus and walking in the Father’s Word, you’re building up eternal treasure for yourself. Where your heart is, says a lot about what matters to you. Keep your heart in heaven, your heart’s true home.

Prayer:

Dear Daddy, glory to you for giving us heaven. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to lay up treasure in heaven. Let your Holy Spirit always remind me of heaven. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.

For further study: Luke 12:13-21