Week 12: Money

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Part 12, section eight of The Master Key System says, in part:

It is often found then that money and property are not independence at all.

I think it’s really a matter of being tied to money and property — feeling bogged down by it, limited, even trapped.

Because, as we know from Emerson’s Law of Compensation, you can be a good person and still make plenty of money.

I was reminded of that this week, listening to a podcast discussion between Andy Frisella and Ed Mylett.

“I’ve never heard of church that doesn’t accept tithing,” Mylett says.

Both Mylett and Frisella point out that making lots of money allows them to donate more to charity, and to treat family and friends to meals.

“Don’t you ever get sick of paying for dinner?” Frisella says that friends ask him. “No. It’s a privilege to be able to do it!”

Frisella’s co-host and producer, Vaughn Kohler, is a pastor. He discusses some Bible verses relating to money. Being Jewish, I’m not well-versed in the New Testament, but I did some research.

The Parable of the Rich Fool, found in Luke Chapter 12, says, in part:

(18) “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain.

(19) And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’

(20) “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’

(21) “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”

 

Kohler notes to look in verse 21 for an important word: but. It’s entirely possible to be rich in material things and be rich toward God, as well.

Give more, get more, right?

I did a little more research and found a few more verses about money that are often misunderstood, or entirely misquoted, including “money is the root of all evil.” If money is evil, why would you want it? And that’s why a lot of people don’t have it.

1 Timothy 6:10 actually reads:

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

Did you catch that? The love of money is the problem, not the money itself. Love what you can do with that money — give to charity, support your family and friends,

Money is not evil. In fact, it can be the root of a lot of good. Welcome it into your life, and do amazing things with it.

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5 thoughts on “Week 12: Money

  1. Josh, I’ve spent over thirty five years studying and reading both the old and new testaments and I could not have given a better discourse on the idea of money and it’s relevance to our lives, as it pertains to giving and being generous. Thanks for the great insights!

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  2. Josh, thanks for the nice insights. Money can truly be the root of much good. We can use money to change the life course of many people for the better.

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