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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Prosperity and Charity

We've had many conversations about how much we as Christians should rely on savings accounts, retirement accounts, and similar investment strategies. Here are two perspectives from Purpose for Everyday Living: Finding God in Everyday Life:

Day 146 - Keeping Prosperity in Perspective

If riches increase, do not set your heart on them. - Pslam 62:10 NKJV

In the demanding world in which we live, financial prosperity can be a good thing, but spiritual prosperity is profoundly more important. Yet our society leads us to believe otherwise. The world glorifies material possessions, personal fame, and physical beauty above all else; these things are totally unimportant to God. God sees the human heart, and that's what is important to Him.

As you establish your priorities for the coming day, remember this: The world will do everything it can to convince you that "things" are important. The world will tempt you to value fortune above faith and possessions above peace. God, on the other hand, will try to convince you that your relationship with Him is all-important. Trust God.

Have you prayed about your resources lately? Find out how God wants you to use your time and your money. No matter what it costs, forsake all that is not of God. - Kay Arthur

Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes; adversity not without many comforts and hopes. - Francis Bacon

Day 147 - Finding Purpose Through Charity

Happy is the person who thinks about the poor. When trouble comes, the Lord will save him. - Psalms 41:1 NCV

God's Words commands us to be generous, compassionate servants to those who need our support. As believers, we have been richly blessed by our Creator. We, in turn, are called to share our gifts, our possessions, our testimonies, and our talents.

Concentration camp survivor Corrie ten Boom correctly observed, "The measure of a life is not its duration but its donation." These words remind us that the quality of our lives is determined not by what we are able to take from others, but instead by what we are able to share with others.

The thread of generosity is woven into the very fabric of Christ's teaching. If we are to be His disciples, then we, too, must be cheerful, generous, courageous givers. Our Savior expects no less from us. And He deserves no less.

Selfishness is as far from Christianity as darkness is from light. - CH Spurgeon

Did universal charity prevail, earth would be a heaven and hell a fable. - Charles Caleb Colton

These by no means give specific examples of daily living - put back savings or give to the beggar on the street? But they begin to help me understand more about what is expected of me each and every day - to love others and be willing to be generous. Spreading mercy and love as it

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