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0104 – A Jealous God 忌邪善妒的神

In accordance with Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs, self-actualization is the highest achievement that everyone works toward in life (A.H Maslow, “A theory of Human Motivation”, Psychological Review 1943). Therefore, it is very natural that everyone will work towards that goal of being the best that they can be but it is how they get there that matters. Do we get to the highest achievement in life with or without God? The outcome can be very different at the end of the pursuit of success.Deuteronomy 8:12-13,17-18(NKJV) lest—when you have eaten and are full, and have built beautiful houses and dwell in them; and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and your gold are multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied; ….. then you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.’ And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

It is a holistic prosperity which includes walking with Him, enjoying the people that He has placed in our lives, being physically well when God gives us richly all things to enjoy. Of course, monetary provisions through a good job or business ideas are also part of the riches that He has provided for us to enjoy.

God does not want us to be in lack but that all of us will have enough. We should remember those who are in need and be willing to share with them. Not all of us will be multi-millionaires although some of us will be given that responsibility. Therefore, those who are given more will be required to do more and those who have been adequately supplied should also be a blessing to others.

It is consistent in the Scripture that God does not want us to be proud when we are abundantly supplied, rich or when we have no lack.

1 Timothy 6:17(NKJV) Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.

Pride will cause us to be full of ourselves, think that we are self-made and allow such thoughts to draw us away from God. We begin to trust in the riches that we have and think that we have no need for God since we have no lack. It is when we begin to think in this way then we will pursue riches, cultivate the greed in our lives and grow to love money that will cause us to be pierced with many sorrows.

It is also consistent with how Jesus dealt with the rich young ruler whose idol was his riches and he trusted in the abundance of his wealth. The above verse of 1 Timothy 6:17 reiterates that we should never trust in uncertain riches, but we should have our trust in God. God wants us to trust Him wholeheartedly especially in the area of finances because it has the tendency to become an idol or a god in our lives.

God is not against the riches that we have been provided with by Him but He is against money becoming an idol in our lives. He is a jealous God who want us to love Him wholeheartedly.

Sermon Series: Balancing Godliness and Riches (Part 1)


忌邪善妒的神

按照马斯洛的需求层次结构,自我实现是每个人在生活中都想努力去达成的最高成就(马斯洛,“人类动机理论”,《心理学评论》 1943年)。因此,每个人都朝着实现自己所能达到的最高目标而努力,这是很自然的事情,重点是他们是以何种方式去达标。我们是与神一起登顶,还是凭一己之力?在追求成功的道路尽头,有神没神结局大不同。

申命记 8:12-13,17-18 恐怕你吃得饱足、建造美好的房屋居住。你的牛羊加多、你的金银增添、并你所有的全都加增。 …恐怕你心里说、这货财是我力量我能力得来的。你要记念耶和华你的 神、因为得货财的力量是他给你的、为要坚定他向你列祖起誓所立的约、像今日一样。

这是一个全面的兴旺,包括与祂同行,享受祂安排在我们生命中的人,当神厚赐我们万物来享受时身强体健。当然,通过一份好工作或商业构想所获得的金钱供应也是祂厚赐给我们享受的一部分丰足。

上帝不愿意我们匮乏,祂愿意我们人人丰足。我们应该记住那些需要帮助的人并甘心乐意地与他们分享。并非所有人都会成为亿万富翁,尽管我们中的一些人将被赋予这个责任。因此,那些领受更多的人将被要求做更多的事情,而那些获得充足供给的人也理当成为他人的祝福。

圣经自始至终都表明:当我们有丰富的物资,有大量的金钱或一无所缺时,上帝不希望我们感到骄傲。

提摩太前书6:17 你要嘱咐那些今世富足的人、不要自高、也不要倚靠无定的钱财.只要倚靠那厚赐百物给我们享受的神。

骄傲会使我们膨胀,认为我们是自我造就的,并允许这种想法使我们远离上帝。我们开始相信自己拥有的财富,并认为自己不需要上帝,因为我们什么都不缺。当我们开始以这种方式思考时,我们将追求财富,在生命中孳生贪婪并最终成为贪财之人,这终将使我们被许多愁苦所刺透。

这也与耶稣如何应对那位年轻的财主(他的偶像是他的财富,并相信自己财富充裕)相符。以上提摩太前书6:17的经文重申,我们永远不要相信不确定的财富,而应该相信上帝。上帝要我们全心全意地信任他,尤其是在财务方面,因为金钱随时觊觎成为我们生活中的偶像或主宰。

神并不反对祂所赐给我们的财富,但是神反对金钱成为我们生命中的偶像。祂是一个忌邪善妒的神,祂要我们全心全意地爱祂。

讲章系列:平衡敬虔和富足 (第一部分)