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Money – the heart of the matter

What should we do with the riches we have?

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Read the parable of The Rich Fool, found in Luke 12:13 – 21.

In Jesus’ time the Jewish people believed riches proved that a man or woman was pleasing to God. Poverty and the need to beg showed the reverse.

Jesus told this parable to emphasise that our attitude to possessions is the biggest issue, and not taking life and others for granted. True riches are found in the practice of pleasing God – for instance, by helping others in need and not being selfish. As Jesus said,

“Be careful and guard against all kinds of greed. Life is not measured by how much one owns” (Luke 12:15).

In a letter to a young leader, St Paul picks up this theme, warning that “the love of money is the root of all evil” (1 Timothy 6:10). Most people would like more money, but when it becomes the ‘top priority’ things can go wrong in attitudes to others, relationships in families and in international business. You may be able to think of examples in the news, or in your own experience, where this has been the case.

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