A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.
Proverbs 22:1 NIV
What do you value more in your life, material wealth and possessions or spiritual wealth and eternal life with our heavenly Father? You can have both, but only by following and obeying Him. Do you think and make decisions based on your wants and needs, or based on Gods?
Does it matter to you that people may think that you’re a jerk but they choose to hang around you because you have (or will have) fame and riches (because they want to get their hands on some)? Or are you more moved by doing good and living well because you gave of yourself when you were least expected to do so?
How much of your time do you volunteer to help others who are least fortunate?
I’m not talking about what you do for your job/career to help the underserved and underrepresented in poor communities, I’m talking about what do you do in your free time (and how much time are you freeing up) to go and serve others as God has commanded us?
Even if you are financially ‘poor’ are you also too spiritually bankrupt to help those who have it worse off than you? Can you not give 1 to 2 hours a week or month to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, educate the ignorant, enlighten those with blinders, and empower the powerless?
What you do to serve others as God’s servant is what marks you in history books, ours and most importantly, His. You can’t take your financial wealth with you, and it may not survive long after you’re gone, but your name and reputation will last lifetimes. Yes, it would be awesome to have the strong legacy of a great reputation, abundance of financial riches, and overflowing spiritual wealth. But what if you had to choose between having the money or glorifying God? Which would you choose? If your focus and actions are always dedicated to glorifying God, then it’s possible to build and maintain a multi-generational legacy of both financial and spiritual wealth, with a strong reputation that is always celebrated.
What will historical records say about you?
What will be etched into your grave’s headstone?
Father it is more important to me to maintain my self-respect, dignity and honor, and not disappoint You and my family here on earth, than to accumulate money and power that can quickly dissolve and leave me broke and alone. Help me to uphold the desired qualities that glorify You while building and stewarding the financial wealth that will allow me to give more, more frequently, and to more people—in Your honor.
Father I want to make sure that I leave this earth with my name in good standing, with the confidence that I did my best to serve the least of Your children, and that I gave my all in everything that I did.
Father, I want to live my life as You so instruct and desire. I want to express the qualities that best reflect You and how You see me. When I stray from Your path, please redirect me as You see fit, so that I can regain focus on Your mission and my purpose and calling in life, and in Your kingdom. In Your son Jesus’ name I humbly pray to You for these things and experiences. Amen.
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