It’s unusual to think that my wealth is contingent on my relationships with other people. Furthermore, it is alarming the way some people live or act, to think that I need them to accumulate wealth. When we look at the news, it is story after story of crimes, murders, and accidents. How am I suppose to open up and build relationships with complete strangers or even neighbors on my own block. Better yet, why should I ?
As always, God has a way of taking our insecurities and prejudices and turning them around for his good. Our Pastor touched on these concepts this past Sunday and spoke from Genesis 4:16-17. In this story we learned that after Cain had committed great sins against his brother, God still allowed him to exist. “Then Cain went away from the presence of the Lord and settled in the land of Nod, east of Eden” (Genesis 4:16). Later that day I went home and continued to read that Cain had children, built a city, and name the city after his son. His family grew in number and they had great talents to offer society.
The point is that there are two groups we have to get along with to build wealth or make it in this world.
2. Your Neighbor
Number one is obvious as the Bible tells us that we should love the Lord our God with all our mind, strength, and soul (Deuteronomy 6:5 & Matthew 22:36-38). It is impossible to build true wealth in opposition to God.
The second group is the most difficult and is often unchecked in our lives. To love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:39).
Point is that if you hate your neighbor you are not connected to the Will of God. Although you may acquire wealth you would not be acquiring true wealth. Just because my neighbor does not look like me, talk like me, or act like me doesn’t give us the ability to avoid loving them as God commended. God made them , no matter how different, just like he made you. What you do to your neighbor directly affects you. I learned this concept in my do it yourself home improvement project this past week. These two principles are fundamental to building true wealth. Lowering myself just to allow Gods blessings to flow to me from any source he sees fit to use. (see blog: Do it yourself)
I am so glad that God is a God of second chances. His love endures forever.
Lord God, create in me a clean heart. Renew in me a right spirit. Transform my thinking. Help me to love my neighbor as I love myself. Forgive me of my trespasses against you as you forgive those who trespass against you. I ask for favor today Lord. That you would bless me in new ways. Increase my emotional, physical and spiritual wealth as I continue to live for you.