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New Disciple Lesson 9: Two views of wealth.
Once we successfully get over our misperceptions of our own value and the value of other people, then and only then are we ready to begin to explore our misperceptions of the values we place on things.
As I referred to in the last lesson, we place value on things that we need or desire. That value can be measured by the amount of money or time or effort which we are willing to give to get something or what we are willing to take to give up something. Since our needs vary to some degree and our desires vary a great deal, what may have limited value to one person may have a high value to someone else. Also, in some circumstances we may place a greater value on something than we would place on that same item in other circumstances. (For example, you might be willing to pay a lot more for a bottle of water when you are hot and exhausted and parched from strenuous work or severe exposure than you would if you were comfortable in your living room with an abundant supply of fresh water available in the kitchen.) The scarcity of a thing that is highly desired will cause itís value to go up so that a greater sacrifice is required on the part of the person buying it. Such is the view of wealth from a worldly perspective. It is all about buying and selling, about profit and loss, about having and owning, about who controls what. But although we live in the world, we are no longer Ďof this world.í To understand our relationship with God, we must also understand that His was are not the ways the world has adopted, they are much higher. God must lift us up to a more perfect understanding of things. This includes wealth. So lets consider briefly how God views wealth.
Psalms 24:1 (NASB77) 1 The earth is the LORD 's, and all it contains, The world, and those who dwell in it.
Psalms 2:7-8 (NASB77) 7 "I will surely tell of the decree of the LORD: He said to Me, 'Thou art My Son, Today I have begotten Thee. 8 'Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Thine inheritance, And the very ends of the earth as Thy possession.
Acts 2:36 (NASB77) 36 "Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christóthis Jesus whom you crucified."
We see through these three portions of scripture that God owns all that is by right of creation and He has given it to His son who has been given the position of King over all the earth. Therefore, there is nothing in creation that we can own! What we have, God places into our care, not our ownership. We may have a degree of control given to us over things, but we are to exercise that control according to the will and desires of God, the owner.
So once again we are presented with the importance of being able to accurately hear God, know His will and act in obedience. Our vision and understanding of our relationship with things should acknowledge that God has given us a privilege by placing His trust in us to care for His belongings. We are to be stewards, or caretakers over these things and do with them as He directs. One of Godís commitments to us is to provide and care for us so some of the stuff He has placed in our care is to provide food and clothing and housing for us and our families. It is very important to be constantly aware of what Godís direction is for the wealth He has placed in our care. As soon as we begin to presume that we know what we should do without consulting God, we are sure to make a mess for which He will hold us accountable.
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