Mine or Yours

Let no man seek his own, but every man another’s wealth.

I Corinthians 10:24

There are times, as Christians, that we can accept many things.  We can try to do right.  We can try to love others.  We can try to be a witness for the Lord.  We can try to read our Bibles.  We can try to pray.  We can try to be a good example wherever we go.  We can try to do all of those things, and more.  But sometimes, when it comes to our wallets, we tend to hold back a little.  We tend to be a little stingy with our “wealth.”

This verse gives us a “hard saying.”  “Let no man seek his own, but every man another’s wealth.”

We are programmed from our youth to work hard and earn all that we can.  We enjoy working, and making money, and supporting ourselves.  It is a good thing to work hard.  It is a good thing to earn money and it is a good thing to support ourselves.  But I think that sometimes we can get carried away with it.  Sometimes we can make these things the focus of our lives.  This passage tells us to care more about the wealth of others than our own wealth.  That is hard to do!

Usually, we get this backwards.  We can about the wealth of others only when we feel that we have plenty of wealth for ourselves.  Once we have a million dollars, we allow ourselves to give our struggling neighbor one hundred dollars.  That is the opposite of how it should be.

Really, it just comes down to caring more for others than for ourselves.  And the area of money is usually a tricky one.  How are we doing today?  Do we love others more than ourselves?  Or are we always and only “seeking our own?”

 

 

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