Posted by: Pauline | October 5, 2017

Scriptures for Sunday October 8

Ecclesiastes 5:1-20

Some religious traditions see wealth as a sign of God’s favor, and a poor person is seen as one whose relationship with God must also be poor. Other traditions believe that poor people are more favored by God, and that anyone with wealth must have gained it at the expense of the poor.

This passage in Ecclesiastes acknowledges the pitfalls associated with wealth – never being satisfied that one has enough, and worry that it may be lost. But wealth and possessions – however much or little one may have – are seen as a gift of God, to be enjoyed with gratitude. And this gratitude, other Scriptures teach us, will lead us to share what we have with those who have less.

Colossians 3:1-11

Paul draws a clear distinction between the sinful behavior of our old lives, before Christ, and that which is appropriate to our new life in Him. Unfortunately it can be easy to read quickly through a list of sins that don’t seem to apply to us, missing the one or two that cause us to stumble. Some, like covetousness and anger, are often socially acceptable, at least in some forms. And we are generally very skilled at justifying our behavior, at least to ourselves.

Those whose focus is on God and His ways, however, don’t want to continue in their past sinful ways. Their desires and thoughts are changed to align with the desires and thoughts of the One who has given them new life, and that new life inside shows through in their changed behavior.

Luke 12:13-21

Being so successful in business that newer, bigger warehouses are required is generally seen today as a good thing, yet the successful landowner in this parable is called a fool. Jesus does not fault the man for his success, however, but rather for his covetousness. Among the options he had for using his increased wealth, honoring God as the One who was ultimately the source of his wealth, either by sacrifices to God or gifts to the needy among God’s people, apparently does not even occur to this man.

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