America is a Capitalist nation. We are so dependent on the “Almighty Dollar” that in some places we cannot even take care of natural release functions without paying for it. What has this country come to? Has money replaced God here? There was an article on how much pastors make and as I spoke of pastors who make much more than the parishioners are not Pastors in Ministry but in truth are Business Men, I was replied to by a person who claimed to be able to show me all the Scriptures about prosperity and wealth. Well, he did not produce a single one so I retorted back the story of the rich young ruler and Jesus challenge to which the rich young ruler had a bright light moment to which he went away saddened. I also shared how Scripture speaks not of material prosperity and wealth but that of the spirit.
So today I wish to expand on this as we discuss the Dangers of Being of the World vs Being of the Spirit.
1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
How many professions that help mankind desire more money for their services when they should be following God’s mandate and work in accordance with His original plan of being caretakers of His creation. Yes we need some kind of stuff to live on but does God not provide for us through our toil?
Mat 6:19-21 “Do not save riches for yourselves here on earth, where moths and rust destroy, and robbers break in and steal. Instead, save riches for yourselves in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and robbers cannot break in and steal. For your heart will always be where your riches are.”
This desire has led to greed the building of unnecessary mansions and. For some they forget their gift for assisting people and suffer lawsuits due to malpractice, wrongful imprisonment of innocents, misappropriation of funds, etc. It has led to untimely deaths, lack of good judgement, mental instability, distorted realities, use of unnatural things to take place of happiness, and other misfortunes.
Luke 16:13 “No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Mammon.”
We are called to:
Hebrews 13:5 “Keep your life free from the love of money, and be content with what you have.”
And To:
Proverbs 23:4-5 Do not wear yourself out to get rich; have the wisdom to show restraint. Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.
Because we are to:
Psalms 37:7,16 Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way… Better is the little of the righteous than the abundance of many wicked.
So we should let go of our possessions and return to the way God delights in us. Sounds easy and difficult because many will ask, “How will we eat, where will we sleep, how will I cloth myself?” This is answered already:
Acts 2:44-45 All the believers joined together and shared everything in common; they sold their possessions and goods and divided the proceeds among the fellowship according to individual need.
Small communities do this still with some adjustments. No one needs to be rich in material things when each person pulls his/her share. Individual needs that concern outside sources (hospitalizations etc.) are met through combined efforts. Christian thinkers in the insurance business have already thought of this and it works real well. The sharing of things is hard to do today in this “Me” society but it can work as long as no one is kept in the dark.
To have much in material things, the person may lack in spirit. When you do not think in material things but spiritual, the need and desire for stuff outside of how you can help others becomes a moot subject.
Farmers and gardeners in small communities bring things to market for sale or trade. People who make items from wood and other materials do the same. To make a little extra to help the community the wood and metal workers may sell outside of the community but how much goes into the pocket, not much.
Leaders would not ask for money to outsource when roads are being kept up, food is on everyone’s tables, clothes are on backs, and roofs over heads.
THIS IS NOT SOCIALISM this is a community of like-minded Christian Believers who do not desire the false idol of money.
When people in a community work together for the greater good, no one is left behind.
Look, I know some people will think this as fantasy but it is a reality of how to live within the bounds of Christ.
Ecc 5:10-15 Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless. As goods increase, so do those who consume them. And what benefit are they to the owner except to feast his eyes on them? The sleep of a laborer is sweet, whether he eats little or much, but the abundance of a rich man permits him no sleep. I have seen a grievous evil under the sun: wealth hoarded to the harm of its owner, or wealth lost through some misfortune… Naked a man comes from his mother’s womb, and as he comes, so he departs…

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