Posts Tagged ‘money’

verse 4: “Wealth adds many friends, But a poor man is separated from his friend.”

I remember an episode of Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids (yep, another Saturday morning flashback!) that concerned a friend of the gang who always had money and toys galore; he said he always got it from his big brother. Fat Albert accidentally broke one of the toys and wanted to make it up to the kid’s brother. Long story short, Fat Albert exposes the brother as a drug dealer; the man gets arrested. The little brother is short-sightedly mad at Albert, telling him that he and the gang won’t be friends with him any more because he stopped his big brother’s “money supply”. Of course, the gang is NOT mad at Fat Albert, they knew he did the right thing and they still respected him and his friendship! In addition to the anti-drug message of the episode, the kid also thought that money could buy friendships.

Unfortunately, that’s truer in the real world than I wish it was. It does seem like money “attracts” a lot of “friends”, and the lack or disappearance of it causes those “friends” to disappear as well. We need to make sure that our friendships are genuine and not based on material things. When Jesus walked the earth, He didn’t have any money, but He offered the greatest gift we could ever have: eternal life through Him. He still offers that gift today; no money necessary!

Have a blessed day!

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verses 1-2: “Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I directed the churches of Galatia, so do you also. On the first day of every week let each one of you put aside and save, as he may prosper, that no collections be made when I come.”

In this last chapter of 1 Corinthians, Paul is wrapping up his letter with some quick instructions. My Bible has a footnote regarding the instructions of verse 2: the first of every week was Sunday, that’s when the giving takes place; the money is set aside for that purpose; and you give in proportion to God’s prospering.

Times are tough; yes, I know, late-breaking news on that front….but even though the economy changes, God doesn’t. He still is the same God who showers us in blessings. Jesus never said we’ll be financially rich, remember? But we are richer knowing Him as our Lord and Savior.

All God instructed was that we returned 1/10th back to him. All I can say is, I have always seen blessings when I faithfully tithe. I believe you will, too. Don’t let your tithing be an afterthought, or “hey, we got some money left, let’s tithe”. There is a reason the term “first fruits” is used in the Bible. The tithe comes first.

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