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WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE MONEY

WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE MONEY

There is this concept in our culture that "if you have money it is because God has blessed you" and if you have no money, it is because God has not blessed you...

THE BIBLE PRESENTS TWO CATEGORIES

Rich and poor; rich is good and poor is bad. On the contrary, the Bible presents four categories: the rich who love Jesus and the rich who do not love Jesus, the poor who love Jesus and the poor who do not love Jesus

Not that the rich, because they are rich, have the blessing of God and not that the poor for being poor, don’t have "the blessing."

MONEY IS NOT BAD

Money is not bad, nor good. It doesn't show the blessing from God nor does it show a "curse" of God. While most of us agree with this, most say, "yes I know it's not bad, well why doesn’t he give it to me.  Yes, "I know it's not bad but I want it." The Bible does not say that money is evil, but what I do see is that money is dangerous, "for the love of money many have departed from the faith" and it says in Ecclesiastes that "he who loves money will not be satisfied with it "Paul says that “the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil "

The counterpart of this is that in Smyrna they are poor but rich. In the church of Laodicea they say "I am rich and have need of nothing," Jesus answers them, "you know you're a poor naked wretch." Jesus said it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than a rich man to be saved. So is money bad?, It's not bad, but it is dangerous, it can lead your heart astray.

MONEY IS NEUTRAL AND IS HAZARDOUS

Our culture and most cultures around the world, see people who are making less money as inferior and people who earn more money as superior. This was happening in the church in the book of James, the poor were seated and a rich man would arrive late and they would tell the poor: “Give your chair to the rich! Kneel down so that they can put their feet on your back." Imagine this, there were churches where the rich would come in and sit in the best chair and place their legs upon the poor.

GOD IS NOT A RESPECTOR OF PEOPLE

God does not love someone for having a lot and He doesn't love someone less for having less. Last week we saw that we are like Ephesus, we left our first love, but on the other hand, that's one thing that encourages me a lot about Horizonte, we are a church where people arrive in their "Mercedes" and some people had to walk an hour to arrive and they are seated together and love each other, and there is no segregation, no deference’s in persons, no respecter of persons, there are people here who live in the most beautiful colonies of Ensenada and there are people here who live in the most humble colonies of Ensenada and they are brothers who live in harmony and there is no segregation.

Nobody ever told me that they feel uncomfortable in Horizonte because of their economic status, I think we are a church doing this right, but I want more than just to be a church where anyone can come and be received. The Bible says that God has chosen the poor in this world to be rich in faith. This is a word for you if you are a humble person, the world will despise you but the church must value you.

Some of the most joyous and harmonious churches that I've attended are churches that have nothing but Jesus.  You can be poor in terms of money, but you can be rich in character. Do not let anyone think less of you because you have less, the Bible exalts you. Those who have money should humble themselves, they should go to those who don’t have money and ask for advice, direction and guidance, because maybe what you have is diverting you and you no longer know how to be nice to other people. We need those who have more to go with those who have less to receive, learn and grow.

There are riches that cannot be bought with money and that is the love of Jesus, which is what displays true character.

 


Jonathan Domingo

 

 

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