True Riches

LUKE 16:9-13 NKJ
9 "And I say to you, make friends for yourselves by unrighteous mammon, that when you fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations.
10 "He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.
11 "Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?
12 "And if you have not been faithful in what is another man's, who will give you what is your own?
13 "No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon."

   In verse 11 Jesus indicates there are "true riches" -- something more desirable than abundance of money. Our use of money is actually a test which determines whether we will be trusted with "the true riches."

   Obviously, from what Jesus said in verse 13, every person has to choose whether they will serve God, or serve themselves by serving money. People do this by basing their decisions on how much they personally will get out of something.

   To determine how much you are serving money, ask yourself what weight money has in the decisions you make. When deciding whether to do something, is money the main thing you consider?

   Would you turn down a more lucrative job offer unless you believed God was leading you to accept that job? Or, would you make an automatic, no-brainer decision simply because the job offered more money?

Money Is A Poor God

   Money can be a handy tool, but money is a poor master. Looked at from a long-term perspective, money is also a poor provider.

   Money cannot supply many important things.

Money may buy companionship, but it cannot buy love.
Money may buy a house, but it cannot buy a home.
Money may buy a bed, but it cannot buy rest.
Money may buy you thrills, but it cannot buy continuing satisfaction.
Money may buy you food, but it cannot guarantee you will have the health to eat it.
Money may buy you doctors, but it cannot buy you health.

Money cannot buy you biological children of your own.
Money cannot buy you peace of mind and freedom from fear and worry.
Money cannot buy you protection from every possible calamity.

   Everything that money cannot do -- God can do.

   There have been many times in history when the money people trusted in became worthless. The same thing can and will happen again.

Only God Is Dependable

17 Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.

   God loves people and desires the best for them. After all, He is the Creator. Every good thing came from Him. The reason God does not want us to trust in riches is because they are uncertain and will fail us. Only God is certain. Therefore, we should trust in His Word.

   If you trust in God you will never be disappointed or put to shame.

11 For the Scripture says, "Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame."

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