By Keith Boutte
“Good people leave an inheritance to their grandchildren, but the sinner’s wealth passes to the godly.” ~ Proverbs 13:22
Soooo, if you don’t make enough money to leave an inheritance to your grandchildren, you’re not good? I believe it’s obvious this scripture is about money, cash, the all mighty dollar. But like all things in a Christians life we should not draw a conclusion based on one scripture.
I doubt anyone would be upset if they had enough money to put their grandchildren in their will, but is that what Jesus died for? Look at Ecclesiastes 5:10—“Those who love money will never have enough. How meaningless to think that wealth brings true happiness!” So, money is bad? Money is not bad or good, nor is it selfish to have, as long as our witness, faith and character remain grounded in God’s word. I believe the question is: what is most important in our lives?
“And it is a good thing to receive wealth from God and the good health to enjoy it. To enjoy your work and accept your lot in life-this is indeed a gift from God.” (Ecclesiastes 5:19) In our lives it’s most important to seek God in all things, regardless of our financial position. Money in today’s world is to be used to glorify God and supply our needs.
In Philippians 4:12-13, Paul gives an example of how we should look at provisions in this life we’ve been given: “I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”
Money is not the answer to our problems, nor is it evil or sinful to have. Money DOES NOT make the world go ‘round, and soon there will be a time when one will give all they have for bread to eat. God requires our hearts desire to be towards Him before anything else in our lives. We should not brag of our riches or our poverty but humbly glorify God in all we do and all we have.
No greater wealth
To be truly rich is to be grounded upon the solid rock of Jesus, to know his word and believe his testimony. Our job is to spread the Good News regardless of financial position. Some of us can give money and some serve, both rich or poor and everyone in-between should do both. God is more concerned with what we do with what he gave us, than what we have. A poor man can be proud of his ability to fix things, while a rich man envies the poor man’s skills. Together they can bless many with what God gave them.
There is no greater wealth on earth than the knowledge of Jesus Christ, and we must give it to everyone who will listen.
A “Merry Christmas” is to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with a lost and dying world, and every Christian is required to do so. Whether it’s giving out tracts, or boldly, loudly, publicly proclaiming the Good News wherever and whenever you can.
A “Merry Christmas” is knowing Jesus and telling everyone we can, with words and deeds, who He is and why He died.
Man will be judged by his works, not by his bank account—what’s in your wallet