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by K. Neill Foster

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for January 23, 2018

A Sober Text for Affluent Christians

Text: "I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings" Luke 16:9.

I believe this text is a missionary text. But it is also a money text in that it teaches about the "mammon of unrighteousness" as we call it.

First off, have you noticed that money runs out? It eventually disappears. Even the largest fortunes do that in time.

Because of the temporal power of money, it is important to make friends with money, so that when it perishes, those friends will welcome us into our eternal reward. The best possible investment of dollars anyone ever makes is in the making of eternal friends who may well precede us to the eternal abode and, in the words of this text, one day will welcome us there.

We need to be clear here-- money with its inherent power needs to be used, put to work, invested. One of the worst crimes against money is to deny it its power-- leaving it forever sloshing around in an unfruitful bank account-- or worse, tucked under the mattress..

There are risks, of course, but the biggest risk seems to be doing nothing. If God has given us any affluence at all-- and it comes to some more than others-- then this is a sober text in a lost world.

-knf