Am I number one? Do my interests come before all others? Often it takes some soul searching and prayer, "Lord show me my heart"
In the previous teaching "Bags with holes;" Israel wasn't prospering because they had put the work of God on the back burner. Their wants and needs became their priority.
What our Lord Jesus said:
Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
The 1st. priority is to put God and the things of God first. If money or things is the first priority then we have broken the 1st commandment.
Exodus 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
Matthew 6:19-24 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon
earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through
If my god is money then is God going to bless me with more?
Luke 16:13"No servant can serve two masters. For either he will hate one and love the other, or be loyal to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and riches!"
Most of the time when a person has a near death experience, their priorities change very quickly. Why? Do you suppose that they get the revelation that this life is short and that we are just passing through?
James 4:14Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
According to the scriptures, King Solomon was the wisest man ever. Let us see what He said in the scriptures.
Ecclesiastes 12:13Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
All through the book of Ecclesiastes King Solomon speaks of his pursuit of material things, accomplishments, wisdom and worldly pleasures, all to no avail. He found that none of these things truly fulfilled his purpose in life and that it was vanity. His conclusion was the verse above. Fear God and keep His commandments.
Luke 12:15-21 And he said
unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life
consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.
Jesus said that our lives consists not in the abundance of material things. Notice the following:
Matthew 16:26For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
What do we exchange for:
Being in the presence of God.
There are things that are far more important then earthly possessions. I recently spoke with a lady that worked outside of her home. The demands of her job took away from her time with her children. In discussing her regrets, the subject of money came up. Much of her money was spent on frivolous things of little value. I remember saying to her, "you are trading what is most precious to you (time with your children) for material things of little value, that by this time next year, most of it will be in the trash."
If you must work then use your money wisely, make it count. Chances
are, that it cost you much more then just your labor. What are you trading
A Value above family
Mark 10:29And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's,
30 But he shall receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.
Mat 19:29And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.
The work of God has an eternal value, that outweighs even family. Whatever we do for the kingdom of God will have eternal consequences, and will be laid up as treasure in heaven.