Luke 16; Genesis 27:46-28:22; Psalm 21
One of the things traveling on mission trips has made clear to me is the wealth of the people in the United States. God has blessed us abundantly and even the poorest people here would be considered wealthy in other lands. That helps me realize that rather than complain about what I don’t have, as a follower of Jesus Christ, I am compelled to use that wealth to help others. Jesus reminded us that we are called to use what God has given us well. “If you haven’t been faithful with worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?” (Luke 16:11) The other day I read a story of a family that was earning $25K per month. They were trying to figure out how to make ends meet. Their budget included $2K per month in vacation spending. Perhaps they could find one place to cut the budget. Still, it’s easy to criticize there when most of us have the same issues, just with less money. We indulge ourselves and don’t have the money to meet our needs. We focus on ourselves and don’t have the money to help others. God gives us worldly wealth not just to take care of ourselves and our families, but to help others also. We are called to be faithful with that wealth. When we are faithful with that wealth, we will understand the true riches of our relationship with God each and every day.
Lord, how many things do I “need” that aren’t really necessary. I indulge myself and often forget about the true needs of others. Help me to use what You have given me not only to meet my real needs, but also to find ways to help others and lead them to You.