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True riches

This is what the wicked are like—
always free of care, they go on amassing wealth.
Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure
and have washed my hands in innocence.
All day long I have been afflicted,
and every morning brings new punishments.
If I had spoken out like that,
I would have betrayed your children.
Psalms 73:12-15

One of the biggest challenges a son of God must face during his pilgrimage on this earth is the prosperity and supposed success of those who openly oppose the commandments of God. The system established by this world is responsible for promoting those who have managed to accumulate wealth, regardless of whether they were obtained by legal or illegal means. The fact is not how but how much. What seems more important is the end and not the means used to achieve it. Everyone dreams to win the lottery jackpot, even those who do not buy the tickets. It seems that the motto “Success equals wealth” was inscribed with fire in the minds of all. The same system is responsible for teaching us ad nauseam that the limitation of resources is a sign of failure and a reason for sadness. Many become discouraged when they see that most of the time honesty does not lead to material wealth.

Wise King Solomon looked at all the things that have to do with life and its purpose. In terms of material wealth he said: “Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless.” and “as for the rich, their abundance permits them no sleep. ” This is the sad reality of those who live tied to the belief that money is happiness. As we can see, the truth is quite the opposite. Of course, this does not mean that riches are bad. The gift of God is wealth and its enjoyment. The reward offered by the enemy is riches with pain and sorrow. Solomon said, “when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot and be happy in their toil—this is a gift of God.” Let us therefore pay no heed to the material achievements of those opposed to God and let us look up to him who can really give us a life full of goods and happiness. To God alone be the glory!

Today’s word for July 30, 2011

[There are] those who are pure in their own eyes
and yet are not cleansed of their filth.
Proverbs 30:12

The perfect man does not exist. We all have many opportunities for improvement, a euphemism that is now used when we mean flaws but do not want to highlight the negative aspect. The model for the Christian must be none other than Jesus Christ himself, that is why we identify ourselves as Christians. However, constant and inadvertently we use other models to guide our actions. These other models occupy the place that belongs to God alone, automatically becoming idols that take us off the path on which we should be moving toward spiritual maturity. If we add all the distractions of all kinds that stand in our path of perfection it is not surprising that oftentimes we do not act like God expects of us. The world absorbs us and prevents us from fulfilling the exhortation of the Apostle Paul: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” If we do not have a discipline for reading the word of God daily and for having communication with him through prayer continually we will be exposed to influences from the world and we will have little capacity to resist its attacks and temptations.

When we do not compare with the Lord Jesus but compare ourselves with the imperfect models that we have selected to determine the areas where we have gaps it lowers the bar and we end up getting poor results in our progress toward spiritual maturity. It also causes to deceive ourselves into thinking we are moving ahead when in reality we have made little progress. We must be clear what our goal as we did Paul: “But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Let us keep excellence in our mind and our eyes on our Lord and soon we will realize that we are moving ahead effectively on the spiritual realm. To God alone be the glory!