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Message from the Monthly Flyer from May 2008

Money is a new form of slavery
Leo Tolstoy

“Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom.“ Proverbs 23:4

The world seeks for material wealth. If a person is not receiving pocket money, then he wants to receive some; if a person does receive some, then he wants even more. This is completely normal, and for certain, most people would take money if it was for free.

However, we need to watch out that we never get greedy for money. The Bible says that “the love of money is the root of all evil” (1.Timothy 6:10). If we are rich, then we should always be ready to share our wealth.

Many people try to be successful in their careers their whole life long. The reason being, as many often say, so that they do not have to worry anymore about money. However, when they have achieved their desired goal of success and finally do have “enough” money, they worry even more. Sometimes it is because they want to get more, and sometimes it is because they do not want to lose what they already have.

Solomon tells us in Ecclesiastes 5:10, “He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver...” And Jesus said, ”for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.” (Luke 12:15) and “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33). Jesus always insisted that there is something much more important than material riches, namely, this being the kingdom of God.

In the future, we should make sure that we do not strive for money, but rather that we direct all our efforts and attention towards God. “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” (Rom. 8:31+32). Jesus, who died for us, wanted that we, as reborn Christians, would tell others about Him and let our lights shine. Not much more is required from us; He takes care of the rest. He takes care of things, so that we have an education, a job or a good pension.

We are allowed to live with this promise and put everything into God’s hands. We just need to trust Him and hand everything over to Him, then He will welcome us with open arms. The closer we get to God, the less problems we will have in the world. Or, as according to Romans 8:32, When we belong to Jesus, He will give us everything that we need. af

For further study: Matthew 6:19-34; Proverbs 30:8+9; Ecclesiastes 5:10-20; Psalm 127:1+2; 1.Timothy 6:17-19


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