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Jan 12

God, Career Wealth

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Deut 8:11-14 “Take care lest you forget the Lord your God by not keeping his comandments and his rules and his statutes, which I command you today, 12 lest, when you have eaten and are full and have built good houses and live in them, 13 and when your herds and flocks multiply and your silver and gold is multiplied and all that you have is multiplied, 14 then your heart be lifted up, and you forget the Lord your God, … 17 Beware lest you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.’ 18 You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, sthat he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

Through this text, we learn that work and wealth are not entirely evil. In fact as stated above God is the one who gives the ability to work so that we can reap the rewards of our labor. When God created man, he designed us with the capacity and desire to work. He then embedded his system of reaping and sowing into the fabric of work. The problem comes when our career and quest for material things are placed before, and above God.

 When we are blessed with our jobs and careers let us work to best of our ability as though we are working unto the Lord. For, the ability to work and acquire possessions is a gift from God. Likewise, let us not give more devotion to anything other than  God, lest we be consumed by our American idols.

 

-God’s Mind on the Matter at Hand-

D.C.

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