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Rich Towards God

Originally published Friday, 27 July 2018.

Luke 12:13-21 tells the parable of the rich fool. The fool is identified as rich. We don't know how he came about his wealth - whether by birth, work, or any other attribute but he was rich and his priorities revolved around his wealth over anything else. In the parable God gave a warning to the rich fool - Then he said, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.” Luke 12:15 [NLT]

We get comfortable with our blessings and sometimes think that nothing can go wrong because of our abundance. But maybe God wants to test us to see where our heart lies like He tested Job. In Luke 18 God told the rich ruler it's hard for the rich to enter into heaven; it's easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for the rich to enter into heaven. We can get attached to our possessions; it is much easier for the rich to do so since they have more possessions. They may even think it's because of what they've done instead what God has allowed for them.

Live like Christ wants you to live. Affluence lends itself to generosity, but we're not all affluent, and yet we can still be a blessing to others. The church in Macedonia was impoverished but had abundant joy which overflowed in rich generosity. Their priority was how they could best serve the Lord unconditionally, and in so doing they were rich towards God.

Then he said, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.” 
Luke 12:15 [NLT]

Like the Macedonian church are you rich towards God?