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Focus Verses: Ecclesiastes 4:10-12
Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never
satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless. 11 As goods
increase, so do those who consume them. And what benefit are they to the
owners except to feast their eyes on them? 12 The sleep of a laborer is
sweet, whether they eat little or much, but as for the rich, their
abundance permits them no sleep.
by one, the writer of Ecclesiastes methodically dismantles the idols
and false hopes of life. Money and possessions are among the meaningless
things to love. Why love something that cannot satisfy? Why accumulate
when there is never enough? Why make more to spend more? Don't treasures
become junk once you realize they are nothing more than things to store
or stare at? Who benefits? Who gets a better night's sleep—the person
with nothing to lose or the person with an abundance of things to lose?
What good is it to gain the whole world and lose your soul?
Response and Action:
want to love and value the things that matter most. I want to put first
the things that last. I want to live in a way that all I need is all I
want. I will strive to be a good steward, I will not seek fulfillment in possessions. I will strive to be hard worker, but I will not put my trust in wealth. I will do all I can to be a fruitful servant, but I will not expect things to give me joy. I will endeavor to be responsible in my financial affairs, but I will not waste time worrying about loss. I will give thanks for the many blessings and provision I enjoy, but I will not be deceived into thinking that life is about having an abundance of things.
God, help me to be a good steward of all you have given me. Grant me
the wisdom and the will to guard my heart, to feed my spirit, to
stimulate my mind, and care for my body. Help me to seek first your
kingdom and your righteousness. Help me to value and love the things
worthy of value and love. Help me to love you with all my heart, soul,
mind, and strength. Through Christ, I pray. Amen.
Spiritual Formation Verses: 1 Timothy 6:9-10
Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into
many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and
destruction. 10 For the love of money is a
root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered
from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
Breaking the Idols of Your Heart
by Dan Allender and Tremper Longman