Skip to comments.Living Unselfishly
Posted on 08/11/2018 10:00:29 AM PDT by metmom
Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth (Matthew 6:19).
The believer is to use his possessions unselfishly.
Some years ago I happened to have contact with two quite wealthy men during the same week. One was a former professor at a major university who through a series of investments made possibly a hundred million dollars. In the process, however, he lost his family, his happiness, and his peace of mind and had aged far beyond his years. The other man, a pastor, also made some investments and acquired great wealth but was not preoccupied with his investments. Because of his financial independence, he gave to his church over the years more than it paid him for being its pastor. He is one of the happiest, most contented, and most godly persons I have ever met. The difference between the two men was not their wealth, but their contrasting views about wealth.
In Matthew 6:19 Jesus taught the right way to view wealth by saying you are not to lay up treasure for yourselves. When you accumulate possessions simply for yourselfwhether to hoard or to spend selfishly and extravagantlythose possessions become idols. Jesus is saying, People in my kingdom shouldnt amass fortunes or stockpile things for themselves. Colossians 3:5 says, Consider the members of your earthly body as dead to . . . greed, which amounts to idolatry. Covetousness is idolatry.
What about you? Are you consumed with extending Gods kingdom instead of accumulating possessions for yourself? Do you desire to invest in eternity and Gods causes, or are you being greedy and miserly? First Corinthians 10:31 says, Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. Glorify Him by investing in His kingdom and living unselfishly.
Suggestions for Prayer
Ask God to help you use your possessions unselfishly for His glory.
For Further Study
What warning does Jesus give in Luke 12:15?
Studying God’s Word ping
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