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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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April 1, 2011 - To Be Rich

By Bob Caldwell

“Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God” (Proverbs 30:8,9, NIV).

Would you like to be rich? I am not ashamed to admit that I would like to be. I would put up with all the problems that come with wealth — security issues, higher taxes, mooching relatives — if I could have enough so that I would never have to worry about money again.

I justify my desire by saying that if I were rich I could better devote myself to ministry. Imagine the possibilities. Being able to do whatever God calls me to do without having to worry about pleasing enough people to earn a paycheck. Having the funds to do a project without needing to raise those funds first. Having the emotional security that comes from not worrying about your next month’s or year’s bills.

There are two problems with this scenario. First, would I really act so benevolently with those funds? When I have additional time and funds now — however little or much — how well do I use them in ministry to God? One minister friend told me that every minister he ever knew who made significant money — whether from ministry or from an outside source — eventually stopped putting his all into the ministry.

While this is not universally true, I have seen enough instances to know that he had a point. Why would this be so? Perhaps having a certain amount of money makes one too relaxed, like the man in the parable whom Jesus quoted as saying, “You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry” (Luke 12:19). Did Jesus not also declare that some who fell away did so because the “deceitfulness of wealth” choked the effects of the Word of God (Matthew 13:22)?

A second reality is this: God has created us to be dependent on each other. This dependency is a key focus of 1 Corinthians 12. No one person in the body of Christ is supposed to be in a position where he does not need the others. Far more often, God motivates groups of believers to fund ministry rather than give one person a mountain of money to underwrite an outreach individually.

Instead of wanting to be rich, perhaps I should desire to be godly and let God take care of the rest. I think that’s where the writer of Proverbs was pointing us all.

— Bob Caldwell is an adjunct professor with Central Bible College-St. Louis campus.



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