I would just love to see if we can get some healthy discussion going around this topic of Faith and Money and Stuff and Things.
Jesus, at one point has this to say:
‘But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.’ [Matthew 6.33]
And people have quoted that hugely out of context for years in terms of trying to show how “all these things” might refer to mansions and boats and trips to Hawaii but if you read it in the context of the passage it is a part of, it becomes very clear that He was talking about basic needs then. If you seek God and His kingdom, then God will take care of your basic needs.
I guess one question could be around basic needs because many of us today would include ‘Cellphone, car, personal computer and the internet’ as things we cannot do without. Would Jesus if He were walking around in the flesh today?
Secondly, and this is the main question I would love to see some wrestling about [so please come and wrestle with us, but please play nice!] Jesus has this to say:
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.’ [Matthew 6.19-21]
So what does that mean? How much is enough? And is it relative so each one of us has to figure it out for ourselves?
After all, there will always be someone who is MUCH RICHER than me… who has more money and more toys and much more opportunity.
And of course, there will always be someone who is MUCH POORER than me… who has less money and things and opportunity and more debt, disease and dilemma.
How, in the context of what Jesus says, do I work out how much is enough?
What do you think? And do you think you have enough?
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