“So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich towards God.” – Jesus. Luke 12:21 NKJV.
For anyone who currently has a bank account or had one in the past, you know that a negative in front of any number as it relates to what’s in your account is not a good thing. Even when it comes to bookkeeping, a negative does not bring a smile to your face. It means the account is in the “red,” which is another way of saying the account needs immediate attention. if you have been following my blog, you know that I am by no means an accountant so, what does this have to do with God? Well, I am glad you asked, and I will explain it to you below.
In our world today, most people measure wealth and net worth by the number of things you possess such as houses, fancy cars, yachts and so on. Also, in today’s world to consider someone rich is to assume that they have an abundance of money in their bank account. Being rich is desirable, that is why everyone wants to be rich. The concept of being rich has started its own industry, take a good look around. Some of the major bestsellers are books about imitating the habits of the rich. There are hundreds of thousands of videos on YouTube about what to do to become rich. The irony about all this, is the fact that the ones writing the books and the ones making the videos are the ones that are getting richer, not the ones reading the books and watching the videos. In the book of Joshua 1 verse 8 (NKJV), it says observing the law of God and meditating on it day and night, will make your way prosperous and then you will have good success.
Let me be clear, there is nothing wrong with being rich if it results from careful planning and working diligently towards your desired goals. However, there should be a healthy balance of the concept of being rich. The verse in Luke 12:21 NKJV was the end of the parable of the rich fool who forgot that he had no control of his soul and God required his soul and he could not take his riches with him. We can accumulate as much wealth as we can create in this world, the bible tells us in Deuteronomy 8:18, NKJV that God has given us the power to create wealth so that does not displease God. Furthermore, we should also be rich towards God himself, knowing what he requires of us as it pertains to his principles, laws and even how to interact with one another. When you have this balance both your natural bank account and your spiritual bank account will never be in the negative. These are Julien’s Thoughts and what’s on his mind.
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