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Mark 10:23-25
Monday, July 09 2012

I'd Rather be Poor...

Our pursuit of wealth can get in the way of our pursuit of God:

Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, "How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!" The disciples were amazed at his words. So Jesus again said to them in reply, "Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to pass through (the) eye of (a) needle than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God." -Mark 10:23-25, NAB

What are you willing to sacrifice for wealth?  What would you give up to get that promotion at work?  How much does living in a nice house, driving a nice car, owning nice things mean to you?  Careful.  If they mean too much, they can more than just money.

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The pursuit of wealth is not uncommon.  Some want to live a lavish life.  Others simply want enough to live comfortably.  Either way, it is safe to say that few choose or want to live a life of poverty.  While there is nothing wrong with wanting a better life, we have to be careful that greed does not overcome us.

I love motorcycles, Harley-Davidsons to be exact.  My wife loves to travel.  Well, I don't own a bike, and we don't travel as much as we'd like.  Nonetheless, we are blessed in so many ways.  Those are things that we want out of life, but we cannot let them consume us.  If we do, we go from being the consumer to the consumed.

Do you think that money is the key to happiness?  Take one look at the rich and fabulous in Hollywood, and you might think differently.  Many of their lives seem worse than ours.  Addictions are common.  The divorce rate is high.  Fame becomes an ugly beast that they cannot control.  In the end, is all of the wealth in the world worth a life like that?

What is it about money that makes it so difficult to enter Heaven?  Nothing.  It's not money's fault; it is the greed within our hearts that is the problem.  Greed, like most sin, is rooted in pride, and our pride is what separates us from God.  Only by letting go of greed (and the pride that comes with it) can we find our way to heaven.

Well, my pockets may be empty, my house may be small, my passport may be blank, but my God fills my soul anyway.  With Him, my faith has made me wealthier than the average billionaire.  I'd rather be poor and on my way to Heaven, than rich with no future in site.


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