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June 9, 2022

Not Being Enslaved to Money

Mark 10:23 And Jesus, looking around, said to His disciples, How difficult it will be for those who have riches to enter into the kingdom of God! 24 And the disciples were amazed at His words. But Jesus again answered and said to them, Children, how difficult it is for those who trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! 1Tim 6:10 For the love of money is a root of all evils, because of which some, aspiring after money , have been led away from the faith and pierced themselves through with many pains.

[Apostle] Paul does emphasize the fact that none of the believers should be under the bondage of wealth. We should not be bound by riches in any way. Rather, the slavery of riches must be nullified. We are not for riches; riches are for us. We must be free from our material possessions and use our riches for the fulfillment of God's purpose. Of course, as human beings, we need money in order to live. But we never should be enslaved to money. Money should not be our master. Rather, money should be under our management and should be used for God's purpose. If money is not under our control and if it is not used for God's purpose, then we shall be enslaved to it. As a result, we shall not be able to enter into the kingdom of God. May we be impressed with the truth that the best way to handle our married life is to take Christ as our replacement and to experience His death and resurrection. Likewise, the best way to keep ourselves new, fresh, and young is to take Christ through His death and resurrection. Furthermore, the best way to handle our money is Christ with His death and resurrection. The only way to handle these things properly is to be replaced by Christ through His all-inclusive death and His wonderful resurrection. (c) Living Stream Ministry.

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of Mark, pp. 279-280. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. Please visit us at www.emanna.com. Send comments to: comment@emanna.com.

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