True Wealth (22 October 2018)

Morning Encounter:

Introduction

As we draw this month’s theme of simplicity to an end, this week we focus on our culture’s insatiable desire for more stuff. We are headed in the right direction when we can receive all we have as a gift from God and recognise that all we have been given is not ours to hold onto, but is to be made available to others. It’s also perhaps worth getting some perspective on wealth - if we have hot and cold running water, clean clothes to wear and food to eat each day that puts us on the Global Rich List. The Discipline of Simplicity calls us to deal with the root problems of a consumer society.

Read:

A good reputation and respect
    are worth much more
    than silver and gold.
The rich and the poor
are all created
    by the Lord.
When you see trouble coming,
    don’t be stupid
    and walk right into it—
    be smart and hide.

Respect and serve the Lord!
    Your reward will be wealth,
    a long life, and honour.
 Crooks walk down a road
full of thorny traps.
    Stay away from there!
Teach your children
    right from wrong,
    and when they are grown
    they will still do right.
The poor are ruled by the rich,
    and those who borrow
    are slaves of moneylenders.

(Proverbs 22.1-7)

Reflect:

According to the author, a good name (or reputation) is worth more than silver or gold. Jesus takes this a step further: ‘Be happy that your names are written in heaven’ (Luke 10.20). Joy doesn’t come from what we own, the resources available to us or even the power or influence we have, but from knowing who we belong to.

Respond:

Are you tempted to use your resources or influence to impress others? How might God call you today to see your complete worth in him?

Midday Meditation:

‘What matters is not the accomplishments you achieve; what matters is the person you become.’

(Dallas Willard)

Evening Reflection:

“The Christian discipline of simplicity is an inward reality that results in an outward life-style. Both the inward and the outward aspects of simplicity are essential.”

(Richard Foster)

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