Under the Affluence

Revelation 3:17-18
For you say, ‘I am rich and affluent and have no need of anything,’ and yet do not realize that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. I advise you to buy from me gold refined by fire so that you may be rich, and white garments to put on so that your shameful nakedness may not be exposed, and buy ointment to smear on your eyes so that you may see.

Wealth is not evil of itself…only if it blocks God’s grace in our lives. Those who are wealthy can still be open to God’s grace…if they keep God as their top priority as well as care for the poor. But wealth does make this challenging. It’s easy for wealth to blind us to our need for God and the needs of the poor. The book of Revelation is rich in symbolism. The writer says we all need God’s grace and spiritual healing…so that we can see as God sees. God scolds us to change our ways as a parent whose motive is love. God wants to free us from our attachment to affluence and greed. As Jesus said, “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save what was lost” (Luke 19:10).

Suggested song of the day–“I Surrender” on the Live to Love album.
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Have a blessed day!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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