Better to Have a Little With Godliness

by Redeeming Riches on June 26, 2012

There’s a verse in Proverbs that goes like this: Better to have little, with godliness, than to be rich and dishonest. (Proverbs 16:8)

That’s a tough verse to accept, agree?  It’s especially difficult to take to heart when we live in a world that promotes materialism and getting rich quick.

Now there’s nothing wrong with having wealth and using it for good things.  The reason for the warning in Proverbs isn’t because wealth is bad.  We know that money isn’t the root of all kinds of evil, so what’s he getting at?

I think it can be explained well through a parable that Jesus told his disciples in Matthew 13:33.

Jesus also used this illustration: “The Kingdom of Heaven is like the yeast a woman used in making bread. Even though she put only a little yeast in three measures of flour, it permeated every part of the dough.”

“A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough” The ʻyeast effectʼ can work for good and bad. Are you being a positive influence to others or does your negativity bring them down? Riches and wealth don’t mean a thing if you are living a life that is polluted and God-less. If the desire to have or maintain wealth is keeping you from being a positive influence to others, take some time and reread these verses carefully.

So here’s a challenge for the day: be thankful for the small things that you have.  Give it to God, no matter how insignificant you think your gift, ability, talent, or offering is.  He’ll use it for good!

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