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Is Money Worth It

Believers who are poor should take pride that God has made them spiritually rich. Those who are rich should take pride that God has shown them that they are spiritually poor. The rich will die like a wildflower in the grass.  James 1:9-10 NCV

Photo courtesy of pixabay.I’ve often wondered if money brings what it promises.

I once oversaw lighting for a television shopping channel. One day we were on a remote shoot at a beautiful home owned by a successful attorney. I noticed that he had at least twenty suits and twenty pairs of shoes in a large closet.

I also had a friend named Pat whose dad was a busy attorney. I had visited Pat’s house a few times and hung out in the middle of the night. What seemed strange was that it felt as if Pat were the only one home. I wondered if his parents truly cared about their relationship with him or if money and pleasure were more important.

One night after I graduated high school, I ran into Pat and my long-time friend Steve at a movie theater. We all watched the same movie. Looking back on that day, I wonder if Pat was depressed because after the movie, he asked me to drive Steve home. Two weeks later, Steve told me Pat had shot himself in the head.

As Christians, we should want to be a spiritually rich. Our focus should be on our relationship with the Lord, not our bank account.

Money and belongings are not evil, although they can interfere with our relationship with the Lord. Materialistic things won’t last, so we should be more concerned about our heavenly relationship.

Make sure you don’t put earthly belongings before the Lord.

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Ken Ebright

Ken Ebright is a former Minnesotan who lives in Belleville, Illinois. He plays a keyboard, sings in a men’s choir, and does street witnessing.