Mark 8:36 – For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? (KJV)

The Bible tells us about Lazarus, who fed on the leftovers of a rich man, so that one day, they both died, and Lazarus made it to heaven while the rich man went to hell (Luke 16:19-31). A key lesson this story teaches us is not that wealth is sinful but that there is a punishment for misusing God’s blessings. There was no record that the rich man did any harm, but his sin was that he neglected the poor at his gate and provided for himself alone.

God is interested in our motives for generating wealth and how we spend it. Everything we have today was bestowed on us by God, and we must use it to glorify Him. One of the ways we can honour the Lord is by blessing mankind. When we release our substance to put a smile on people’s faces, we are indirectly doing it unto God. The reward for this generosity is eternal life (Matthew 25:34-46).

On the other hand, just as the rich man’s selfishness took him to hell, any capable fellow who neglects the needy will be guilty of dishonouring God. Therefore, they will spend their days in everlasting torment. As seen in our Bible reading, don’t miss heaven by acquiring wealth and using it against God’s desires. When we obey Godly principles and live holy, our names will be written in the Book of Life.


Hymn: When We All Get to Heaven – Eliza E. Hewitt (1898)

1. I repent of any selfishness and disregard for the poor. Father, please forgive me!


1. Thou religious spirit (no conviction in Christ), I cast you out of my life and the Church.

2. Father, please help me never to end my Christian journey in hell.

3. Spend quality time to pray in the Spirit. The power of wisdom and discernment is coming upon you.


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