Jesus uses the story of the rich man with fertile land to teach about money and possessions. This mans focus was building bigger barns and accumulating more things. His focus was on money and possessions, not on his relationship with the Lord. The Bible has a lot to say about money and possessions and the focus is never on these things, but how we deal with them in our life. Do we allow them to interfere with our relationship with the Lord or do we use them to show His glory. No matter how much you have or don’t have money and possessions ,even in the smallest amount, can turn you away from the Lord and put the focus on getting more things. We must not allow this to happen in our life and sometimes that means walking away from everything we have. But when we do this the Lord will ALWAYS provide what we need and will often exceed what we once had.
What type of money or possessions are you allowing to interfere with your relationship with the Lord? Dig deep and think about the things that keep you away from the Lord. Where is your heart?
The Lord may not call you to leave everything, but how can you guard against money and possessions getting in the way of your relationship?
If money and possessions can’t provide security, what will? (Simple answer is the Lord, but what does mean…prayer, study, serving, ect.)
As you enter into the working world, where only rules, what steps can you take now in order to ensure things don’t “slip” away from you? (Things like building in time for the Lord, giving as you get and always remember that things can be taken away as quick as they come)
Come up with a few guidelines this week to help protect yourself against the love of money and to keep your focus on the Lord. Consider: will you allow yourself to work on Sundays? Wednesdays? Will you tithe? Give to missions? Go to work before spending time in the Word or prayer? Use your workplace as a mission field or just a paycheck? Remember, its all the Lord’s and He’s trusted you with it. Will you handle it faithfully?