Seek You First, The Kingdom of God!
by Nick Bishop
All creatures on planet earth have an understanding of ownership. Just look at how a dog cherishes a toy or a pride of lions police their territory. However, of all God’s created beings, humans have taken ownership to a whole new level.
Society has often defined the status of its citizens by how much they own. History is full of powerful people who ‘climbed the ladder’ because they had the wealth to attain position and status. The same is true today whether they are royals, political leaders, owners of massive corporations and even religious leaders.
The five richest people’s Net Worth today is listed below:
Jeff Bezos, owner of Amazon, Net Worth: $116.9 billion.
Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft Corp, Net Worth: $99.9 billion.
Arnatt family, owner of CUMH, Net Worth: $91 billion.
Warren Buffet, the best investor in the 20 Century: Net Worth, $70 billion.
Larry Ellison, chief tech officer and founder of Oracle, Net Worth: $62 billion.
Many are obsessed with programmes like, ‘Keeping up with the Kardashians’. People have always been fascinated (often to a troubling degree) with the lives of the rich and famous, and we are often encouraged to look up to these people. While positive role models are important, in the world of celebrity they aren’t always the perfect people we think they are. Often all that separates us is money or the love of it. However, strip away their assets and who or what are they without them? Flawed and sinful, like us, even if they are well-meaning.
Wherever we look in the western world, we live in a very materialistic age. Ownership and having wealth, however, needn’t be a bad thing, and God may bless us with material goods, but he also expects us to share this wealth. Indeed, many wealthy people are philanthropists who regularly help those less fortunate than themselves.
As Christians, whatever our material wealth, our spiritual wealth and health should come first. We are told to share what we have with those less fortunate than us, whether they be Christians or not, as Christ instructed us.
To underpin the theme of this article, here are some scriptures:
“Do not lay up for yourselves, treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasure in heaven, where neither moths or rust, destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your heart is, there your treasure is, also”.
“He charged them to take nothing for their journey, except a staff, – no bread, no bag, no money, in their belts. Only wear sandals and don’t put on two tunics”.
“In all things, I have shown you by working hard in this way, we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he, himself, said, “It is better to give than to receive”.
God bless you xxx.
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