NIV Matthew 16:26 What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?
I made an interesting discovery. I looked at research in which people were survey about the most important issues facing America. It was no surprise to find out it was the economy. However, when the question was, “What is really important in life?”, the answers had to do with purpose, character, relationships.
There seems to be disconnect between perceive goals of the nation and the perception of the people.
In the church, many of our organizational meetings have to do with the management of money. Plans and decisions are made based on cost. Money management is important there is no doubt concerning this reality. But, when money become an obstacle, a conflict, a stumbling block, or the primary reason in a decision I believe there is a disconnect between the purpose of the church and the practice of our faith.
The world promotes the pursuit of wealth and material security and pleasure. The word of God calls us to the pursuit of the perfection of spiritual desire and the willingness to suffer and carry a cross.
Many Christians strive to give more during the season of Lent to causes that support disciple making and social justice. Some churches even have special drives and programs. This kind of giving is a act of surrender and devotion to our Lord and helps those who do put money in its proper place. Our goals need not be about economic security. Our practices not be centered on cost and maintenance. Money is but a minor tool whose power is very limited and temporal.
Acts 3:6 Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” This is what is important!
PS……Pray for Pope Francis. God’s kingdom is God’s kingdom and those who seek to serve and lead need our prayers no matter what Christian affiliation they hold.