First off, I think it is a great accomplishment if anyone has a 6 figure salary. It's a tough and competitive world, so it's great if people grow to be successful and wealthy. However, there are some wealthy individuals who seem to put their wealth in the center of their lives. San Francisco is a great example of that. San Francisco is, in fact, the 4th wealthiest city in the US, but they are the 48th American city, in a list of 50, to give that wealth to charity. We see the fancy cars, high end living spaces, trimmed up suites, and designer bags. Wealth is definitely something that is meant to be shown. But when is it ever enough? When does a zero become sufficient? The truth is, it never is. There will always be a want for that extra zero at the end of a paycheck. We, as Americans, want to live the American Dream. We don't want to struggle financially. We want to buy everything and go everywhere. What people don't realize is that money can only buy happiness for so long. Money can't buy a healthy relationship. It's can't buy true friendship. It certainly cannot create complete and total fulfillment. There comes a point in life where we have everything we want, but not everything we need. A lot of celebrities who have millions of dollars are very depressed and lonely. A lot of them are in rehab, divorced, and are on anti-depressants. There's an entrepreneur, Kevin O'Neal, that many of us know from ABC's Shark Tank. That guy is a multimillionaire and he is so in love with money. He constantly states how much money means to him and without it, he might as well be dead. Solely depending on money is not the way to live life. It's great to have money, but what are you doing with it? Are you giving it away to people in need? Are you buying a new dress every week because the one you have is one day too old? The big question is, where are you choosing to put your riches? In God or in earthly riches? Are we the young rich man who left sad, because he had to give away his possessions? Or are we Zacchaeus, the one who gave away his money proudly. Proverbs 11:24 reads, "One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty."
Thank you Eric for starting this topic off strong!
Matthew 6:24 "No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money." - Jesus
Our ultimate allegiance in life must be with God as Christians and that our loyalty should be with Him who is eternal and wants to be our heavenly master. Many of us think, "what is our calling?" Your purpose in life can only be found with Christ and we wrap our minds around Him and obey, pray, repent, and apply then our bond will be strengthened with Him. Putting earthly incentives and other things at the forefront is a sure way to block Him so we must refrain from doing so. Remember that the Love of money is the root of all evil, not admitting that we need it because commerce and federal reserve notes is the way this world cycles. Using your God-given talents to move up in life is fabulous and encouraged so if that leads you to wealth then take advantage of that opportunity while keeping the Lord with you every step of the way. As a matter of fact, we know that it is only through Him these extraordinary occurrences are possible so we should never stop thanking our God for he is Good!
Read James 5:1-6 clarifies that money is for us to use and everyone needs it to pay their debts, however, it is the people who hoard and are selfish that are being warned of punishment.
San Francisco is a prime example of gentrification. The middle class is being pushed out and the upper class is being fostered.
My plans for having money is to put myself in a better position to bless others. I have already done a little bit of this so far but my dreams are to go beyond.
Matthew 6:24 "No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money."
We don't need to be a slave of money. But, rather be focused on truth. We need to have an understanding for the poor. There are people who are very rich, but are not happy because of relationship problems. Blessings come from God! It is imperative to have a pure heart; humble, content, and at peace.
Look at the words the blessed Mary used:
My soul magnifies the Lord;
And, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior;
For He has remembered His lowly servant.
He has filled the hungry with good things;
And, sent the rich away empty handed. "
Keep God first place. In all things remember the Living God. Seek your happiness in the Lord. And, He will fulfill your heart's desire. MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR!! :)
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