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Philippians 4:19 

REFLECT

Everyone has wants. We may want a bigger house, a more luxurious car, or an income that would eliminate financial stress for good. There is nothing wrong with putting plans in place to achieve those things. But when they become our only focus, we become consumed by material things and prestige, which makes it much harder to hear the voice of God.

Christ said, “My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me. This is real wealth. No raise, dream home, or expensive vehicle can match the blessings that come from listening to the Lord’s voice. Throughout Scripture, we learn how to earn wealth that is billions of times better than having billions.

In 1 Timothy, we learn that as we “put our hope in God” he will “richly” provide everything for “our enjoyment.” Think about that for a moment. He who created every living and breathing thing tells us that we when we align our desires with Him, He will provide.

And what happens when we focus on riches and not Jesus Christ? Luke 16:13 reads, “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’ve seen what happens to people’s lives when they only care about money. They struggle to build relationships of value and have a hard time taking a moment to hear God’s Word.

Christ said it best concerning the obsessive pursuit of material riches. “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul.” We shouldn’t take his Word lightly.

RESPOND 

Reflect on what Christ said about the riches and the soul. Write down any feelings you have.

Think about how you can increase your spiritual wealth this year.

Find a scripture about spiritual riches and memorize it.

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