Bible Study & Devotional 237
What Is Your Goal?
By contributing writer: Broderick Slaughter
Proverbs 22:1 says, “Choose a good reputation over great riches; being held in high esteem is better than silver and gold.”
I feel we will fight over this one. We will choose worldly riches over relationships that can heal, show love, and move God’s kingdom to others.
(Do you feel the tension building?)
God’s purpose is for us to prosper! To use the gifts, we were blessed with and serve others. Having riches and not a good character will make you unhappy and lonely, regardless if you have hundreds of “bodies” around you. (You know the ones that hang around because you keep ‘giving’ them stuff.)
Having great riches introduces temptation, and temptation exposes weaknesses in an individual’s character. But, having a solid foundation, building a God-loving character, and acquiring those riches creates systems that will deter and defeat those weaknesses.
1 Timothy 6:10 states, “Don’t love money, be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.”
In Paul’s letter to Timothy, he goes on to instruct in verse 18, “Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always ready to share with others.”
That verse helps the one with riches balance the connection between wealth and humanity. That reminder and lesson teach us to be good stewards of our finances yet be able to serve others. Our offering to God is not just tangible; it is spiritual. When you give your time, resources, and talents without expecting a return on your investment, it anchors your treasure in Heaven.
Is your goal to satisfy the temporary desire for worldly monetary success? Or is it to build God’s kingdom by using every available resource to multiply the talents He blessed you with?
Stay in prayer, be encouraged to change your perspective, and give with a generous heart.
This devotional was submitted by Broderick Slaughter, a loving contributor to Our Given Purpose. Edited by Torrie Slaughter the founder of Our Given Purpose® in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
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Broderick is a man of God, devoted father, and loving husband. He is currently pursuing a degree in Business Administration and transitioning into entrepreneurship. Broderick enjoys art, photography and is a fitness enthusiast. He loves to motivate people to push past their struggles to reach the purpose God intended them to have. He often reminds others, “Never limit yourself, we are here for a purpose.”