How To Use Money

A man from the crowd once said to Jesus, "Master, tell my brother to

give me my share of the property that belongs to us." Jesus answered,

"Man, who made me your judge to divide between you?" Then to the people

he said, "Take care that you do not become greedy for wealth, for life

does not consist in having more things than you need."

And he told them this story: "The land of a certain rich man bore large

crops; so he thought to himself, 'What am I to do, for I have no place

to store my crops.' Then he said, 'This is what I will do: I will pull

down my barns and build larger ones in which I can store all my grain

and goods. Then I will say to myself, Now you have plenty of things laid

up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be happy.'

"But God said to him, 'Foolish man! This very night your life is

required of you, and who will have all the things that you have

gathered?' So it is with the man who lays up wealth for himself instead

of that which in the sight of God is the true wealth.

"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth where moth and rust

destroy, and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for

yourselves treasures in heaven where neither moth nor rust destroys, and

where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is,

there will your heart be also.

"No man can serve two masters: either he will hate one and love the

other, or else he will be loyal to one and untrue to the other. You

cannot worship both God and wealth."

Once as Jesus was sitting opposite the treasury of the Temple, he

watched the way in which the people put in their money. Many rich men

were putting in large sums, but a poor woman came and dropped in two

small coins worth less than a penny. He called his disciples and said to

them, "I tell you, this poor widow has given more than all the rest who

have put their money into the treasury, for they have given out of their

plenty, but she out of her poverty has given all that she has, even that

which is needed to keep her alive."