I have this very heated debate with my sister, about dreaming to be rich to serve GOD. I argued that you can serve God being poor or rich both effectively.
It sounds as if your sister is trying to bargain with God: "If you make me rich, I will serve you", meaning that, in reality, money is more important to her than God. In other words, she worships money.BecuzHeLives said:I have this very heated debate with my sister, about dreaming to be rich to serve GOD. I argued that you can serve God being poor or rich both effectively.
Amen!Col 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
AMEN! There are many ways to minister to the poor without money...our burning desire should be to minister with the power of God, not with the power of riches...God is not limited by materials or money. Its time our faith rise up above these thing also.
BecuzHeLives said:HI Brothers and Sisters,
let make it clear that my sister love God, and she don't want to bargain with God. But her dream is to serve him through helping the poor. However, my point is that it's hard to serve God when you're rich. You must go through a lot of test from God before he blesses you.
This too has been on my heart and in my mind - not just with riches but with any thing that makes living in the world easier. I was praying for you BecuzHeLives and your sister on my walk to Bible Study last night and it lead into more prayer and meditation on this issue.
The verse about the camel through the eye of a needle has always been a familiar one because of how riches have torn up my mother's side of the family. More recently I have been thinking there must be elephants and polar bears and rhinocereses - or however you spell them - too.
The way I see money hurt my family is that they never choose to call on God for any financial need. Long ago I broke ties that linked me with them in that way so that all we have is friendship between us, and it does wonders, but I never really knew why, just that the money hurt them somehow.
Because of this there have been times in my life where I have been poorer than if I had asked my family to help me and during those times I was on my knees quite a bit. Sometimes to make sure I wasn't being proud, but God (and through people I was accountable to in the church) showed and assured me He didn't want me connected to my family in that way. And God has worked a miracle or two that is for sure.
Not all people who are blessed don't call on God, but if you are blessed, the blessing comes with a level of responsibility that is elusive. People with money, or looks, or smarts or - whatever the blessing is - risk forgeting the source of their good fortune instead of relying on the One who gave them the gifts.
I write this as someone who can be guilty of relying on my own strength instead of calling on Him.
He is good and teaching me how not to do that so much!
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