2009-11-20 / Church

Today's Meditation

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Read Matthew 6:19-24

Do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.

-Hebrews 13:16 (NIV)

AN intelligent and industrious young man in my village secured a good job in Kuwait, worked hard, and earned a lot of money within a short time. On his return to the village, he established a private bank and opened a jewelry shop. Many people deposited their money in his bank, and his business flourished.

But one morning people found his bank and shop closed indefinitely. Fearing for the fate of their deposits, they complained to the police, and eventually the young man was found and arrested. Then it was revealed that he had invested all the bank's money in doubtful business ventures in order to fetch a quick profit. When these failed, he lost everything. Finally he was jailed and all his properties confiscated.

In today's scripture reading, Jesus tells us that we should not focus our attention on wealth and warns us against wrong attitudes toward wealth and the use of it. When we allow possessions to control us, we travel a slippery path that leads to destruction. But if we offer ourselves and our wealth as sacrifices to God, we can bless others, and our wealth will contribute to the welfare of the wider community.

T. V. John

(Kerala, India)

Prayer: Source of all good, make us aware that wealth is transient. Help us store up riches in heaven by doing your will on earth. Amen.

Thought for the day: God invites us to use what we have for the good of others.

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