How odd and pitiful that as man
Since Christ we have clung,
To wealth; not the Master’s plan,
Instead of the Cross’s anthems sung.
We value gold coins in our belts
Greater than a soul we’ve won.
No remorse for the lost we’ve felt,
From the mission fields we’ve run.
When I stand on Judgment day
And He reads my lists of deeds;
Will I hear, “Well done, you did obey,
In your giving and planting seeds”?[/pullquote4]
The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty (Prov. 21:5).
He who loves money shall never have enough. The foolishness of thinking that wealth brings happiness (Eccl. 5:10).
God gives to us so that we can share in our bounty with those less fortunate .
A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor (Prov. 22:9).
When we honor the Lord in our giving to promote the Gospel, he will bless us in return!
Honor the Lord with your possessions and with the first fruits of all your increases; so your barns will be filled with plenty and your vats will overflow with new wine (Prov. 3:9-10).
Father, never let money turn our focus toward our own enjoyment more than upon you. (Luke 16). May we see every dollar you give us as a sacred stewardship. May whatever we possess be used as a means of generosity and a way of showing concern for our fellow man. May we think carefully about the long-term benefits of what we acquire and how we handle, save, and share it in our lifetime.
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:19).
God’s supernatural ability to provide for us brings hope and a promise of spiritual riches.
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