Wealth Gap?

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According to an article from CNN’s Black in America series, even though African-Americans have become wealthier, the gap between average wealth of White people and African-Americans has increased. In other words the wealthier African-Americans get, the wealthier White people get, plus some. Is the accumulation of material possessions a legitimate measure of sustainable wealth?

The Bible says in Matthew 6:19-20, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.” Translation: the return on your investment is greater when it has eternal implications. God encourages the wise use of our wealth while discouraging our tendency to rely on it instead of its Creator.

Practical tips for wealth creation may include buying an older reliable car instead of a new car or living with a female roommate. These options give us opportunities to save. By saving and reducing our debt we can become wealthier. Storing treasurers in heaven requires that we allow God to direct our spending. For example, people gave money to this ministry to try to reach the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ. One day God may ask you to share your resources with someone to affect that person’s spiritual well being. Yes, we can enjoy wealth but I challenge you to store up treasures not only on earth, but also in heaven.

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