Luke 12:15 (GOD’S WORD® Translation)
He told the people, “Be careful to guard yourselves from every kind of greed. Life is not about having a lot of material possessions.”
What I want for new year 2018 is plenty of money, such that I am unable to count it all; more money than King Solomon and Bill Gates put together!
I hear you thinking ‘but the above Bible passage warns against greed’. How can I desire so much money and not be a greedy, scheming, evil human being? Yes, you have a point for 1 Timothy 6:10 (GOD’S WORD® Translation) says:
‘Certainly, the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. Some people who have set their hearts on getting rich have wandered away from the Christian faith and have caused themselves a lot of grief.’
So if setting my heart on getting rich, will cause me a lot of grief, what should I set my heart on in 2018? Proverbs 19:21 (GOD’S WORD® Translation) says: ‘Many plans are in the human heart, but the advice of the LORD will endure.’
If you are like me, you will probably have multiple plans A, B, C, D for 2018. The good plan will be the one that follows God’s advice as you understand it – it would not be only about ‘success’ but would also have a big space for nurturing your faith.
King David wrote in Psalm 37:25 (GOD’S WORD® Translation): ‘I have been young, and now I am old, but I have never seen a righteous person abandoned or his descendants begging for food.’
If you prayed just once in 2017, make it two in 2018; if you went to Church only on New Year’s day, Easter and Christmas in 2017, why not every month in 2018; if you fasted one day a month in 2017, could you do 2 or 3 days a month in 2018?
As you pursue greater success in 2018, take a chance on God also, commit to seeking him a little more. May the merciful and graceful God shower you with goodness, love, joy and peace in 2018; may He protect you as you seek for daily bread, Amen!
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