Prayer Tip: What Would Jesus Say to the 1%?

Posted Apr 15, 2018

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Daily Scripture

Luke 12 (selected verses)

Jesus said to them, "Watch out! Guard yourself against all kinds of greed. After all, one's life isn't determined by one's possessions, even when someone is very wealthy."

 [Jesus said,] "Who are the faithful and wise managers whom the master will put in charge of his household servants, to give them their food at the proper time? Happy are the servants whom the master finds fulfilling their responsibilities when he comes…. But suppose that these servants should say to themselves, My master is taking his time about coming. And suppose they began to beat the servants, both men and women, and to eat, drink, and get drunk. The master of those servants would come on a day when they weren't expecting him, at a time they couldn't predict. The master will cut them into pieces and assign them a place with the unfaithful…. Much will be demanded from everyone who has been given much, and from the one who has been entrusted with much, even more will be asked.

Prayer Tip

I think many of us avoid thinking about our money and our faith, because in the far reaches of our minds we’re afraid God wants us to give up everything we own and move to a third-world country. Maybe that’s what God would call some of us to do. My guess is that more often God calls us to just be mindful of our level of attachment to our money.

I once met a woman who started college thinking she wanted to go into nonprofit work so she could make a difference. As she kept taking classes, she found herself more and more interested in legal affairs around the world. She was smart and ambitious. She prayed about her future and decided to become an international attorney. She would make a lot more money than working in a small nonprofit, and therefore be able to use more of what she made as an attorney to do good works. God might (and does) call others in a similar position to pursue nonprofit work. Both are good callings; both are personal. What God created one of us to do is not what we should all do.

The question we should all ask is not, abstractly, how much money can I make. The deeper question is, how much good can (and will) I do with my life and my resources?

Lord God,

We thank you for the blessings you have given us – homes, food, clothing, family, time. Help us to use all that we have wisely and to your glory, remembering to love and serve those who have needs we may satisfy. Guide us, we pray.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 – Angela LaVallie Tinsley, Resurrection Funeral Ministry

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Angela LaVallie Tinsley

Angela LaVallie Tinsley

Angela serves as the Facilities Services Program Director and Memorial Garden Administrator. She began working at Resurrection in April 2007 and in that time has worked with the Singles, Seniors, Young Adults, Guest Connections, and Congregational Care ministries.

I think many of us avoid thinking about our money and our faith, because in the far reaches of our minds we’re afraid God wants us to give up everything we own and move to a third-world country. Maybe that’s what God would call some of us to do. My guess is that more often God calls us to just be mindful of our level of attachment to our money.

I once met a woman who started college thinking she wanted to go into nonprofit work so she could make a difference. As she kept taking classes, she found herself more and more interested in legal affairs around the world. She was smart and ambitious. She prayed about her future and decided to become an international attorney. She would make a lot more money than working in a small nonprofit, and therefore be able to use more of what she made as an attorney to do good works. God might (and does) call others in a similar position to pursue nonprofit work. Both are good callings; both are personal. What God created one of us to do is not what we should all do.

The question we should all ask is not, abstractly, how much money can I make. The deeper question is, how much good can (and will) I do with my life and my resources?

Lord God,

We thank you for the blessings you have given us – homes, food, clothing, family, time. Help us to use all that we have wisely and to your glory, remembering to love and serve those who have needs we may satisfy. Guide us, we pray.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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