Words from the Heart for Tuesday December 10th, 2019

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.

1 Timothy 6:17 (NIV)

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Materialism

The number of Canadian billionaires on Forbes Annual Rich List remained nearly the same this year, even as 11 per cent of last year’s members fell off the annual list. Forty-five Canadians made Forbes’ annual rankings of the world’s richest people, compared to 46 in 2018. David Thomson, chair of media and publishing group Thomson Reuters Corp., is again the wealthiest Canadian and ranks 27th globally with a net worth of US$32.5 billion. Last year, Thomson ranked 32nd globally.

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A Christian in Eastern Europe recently asked me what the greatest challenge is in Canada to the presentation of the Gospel. I responded immediately, “Materialism.” Jesus spoke about how challenging it is for a person of means to enter into the Kingdom of God – as tough as a camel getting through the eye of a needle. But it isn’t impossible – rich people are needy too and when they bring their need to Jesus He will redeem them as willingly as He will someone with less. In the early Church there were people of means, and Paul writes to them this way in 1 Timothy 6:17, “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.” When a person has everything they need for a comfortable life, it is easy to ignore God. But wealth is fleeting and can so easily be lost. How much wiser are we when we put our trust fully in God, who will bless us in ways our wealth never can – with peace, joy and hope.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley