Passing God’s Test
I hated taking tests in school! But, you know – life is a series of tests! And, one of the greatest tests we’ll ever face involves the love of money.
Jesus tells a parable about a rich young ruler in the Bible. This young man sincerely wanted to know how to attain eternal life. But,” Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, ‘You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.’ Disheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.”
Like this rich, young man, do money or possessions have hold of your heart? Have you adopted a worldly philosophy? Running after affluence and worldly success instead of faithful stewardship, humbly submitted to God’s guidance? What might He be asking you to surrender?
Paul told Timothy, “…the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.”
Money isn’t the problem… the love of money is. And, when it controls us, we ARE in trouble!
The surest test to know if you love money is how you react when you lose some of it.
God knows our hearts. He tests them and shows us what’s there. We can’t serve two masters.
Jesus told his disciples, “Children, how difficult it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” And they were exceedingly astonished, and said to him, “Then who can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.”
To pass the money test, be sure your heart finds it riches in Christ, not in this world.
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