DO NOT BE DECEIVED by the expensive mansions on the hillside; exotic sports cars; private art collection; penthouses in the city; weekend cottages; private island villas; megayachts; private jets; and the list goes on of the epitome of the lifestyle of the rich and famous.
However seemingly glamorous, gratifying, and glitzy images of lifestyle of wealth and riches may appear, it is by no means a paradigm of life.
“Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble” (Psalm 41:1).
This Christmas let us support the weak, give gifts to the poor and needy; “…and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, ‘[IT IS MORE BLESSED TO GIVE THAN TO RECEIVE]’” (Acts 20:35).
“Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth” (Luke 12:15).
“For 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?”
Our Lord Jesus also expressed that we must not “Let the cares of this world, and the [DECEITFULNESS OF RICHES], and the lusts of other things [ENTERING IN, CHOKE] the word [AND IT BECOMETH UNFRUITFUL]” (Mark 4:19).
“The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever” (Isaiah 40:8).
“[O GIVE THANKS] unto the LORD; [FOR HE IS GOOD: FOR HIS MERCY ENDURETH FOR EVER]” (Psalm 118:29).
“[GIVING THANKS ALWAYS FOR ALL THINGS] unto God and the Father [IN THE NAME OF] Our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:20).
“Grace be with all them that [LOVE] our Lord Jesus Christ in [SINCERITY]. Amen” (Ephesians 6:23-24).
“And let the [PEACE OF GOD RULE IN YOUR HEARTS], to the which also ye are called in one body; [AND BE YE THANKFUL]” (Colossians 3:12-15).
“Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen” (Philippians 4:20).