Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior.
Here’s a little test I ran across. It involves Bible knowledge. Here is the question, are the following passages in the Bible?
Cleanliness is next to godliness. Yes __ No __
Honesty is the best policy. Yes __ No __
Confession is good for the soul. Yes __ No __
We are prone to sin as sparks fly heavenward. Yes __ No __
Money is the root of all evil. Yes __ No __
The truth is many of us don't know as much about the Bible as we think we do. That is especially the case when it comes to what God and our Savior had to say about money and stuff.
The problem we can encounter is when we hear those very popular TV evangelists, we are unsure whether what they espouse is correct. But we do know that Jesus never had His disciples selling holy handkerchiefs, inspirational incense, or anointing olive oil soap and water taken from the Jordan River. In fact, Jesus never told anybody that if they wanted to have God give them money and stuff they first had to bribe the Lord and get His attention by making a "seed offering." Of course, that also means Jesus didn't imply the larger the seed offering the more money and stuff God would be compelled to give.
God has no need of our money and stuff. In the book of Psalms, God says, "I have no need of a bull from your stall or of goats from your pens, for every animal of the forest is Mine ... and the creatures of the field are Mine ... the world is Mine, and all that is in it."
In fact, when it comes to money the Savior told His followers that money isn't a bad thing: "Just don't let your love for the stuff get in the way of your love for Me and the salvation I bring." In other places, Jesus said not to let family get in the way, or your plans. In that spirit, He told the God-loving rich, young ruler to "sell all that you have, distribute it to the poor ... and come, follow Me." Of course we know that the man could not do that because, although he loved God, he loved his wealth and lifestyle even more. His is a mistake we dare not repeat as we follow the Redeemer who gave His life for us. The Bible clearly shows us that we need to keep first things first, and Jesus should always be first.