“And I say to you, make friends for yourselves by unrighteous mammon” (Luke 16:9).

Our Lord is an affluent God. He gives His children wealth and prosperity. You should not forget that while giving, He gives with a purpose. He gives you wealth, not for your self-benefit and not for the purpose that you should feel proud and spend lavishly. There is an important reason for God to give you these things.

The Scripture says, “And I say to you, make friends for yourselves by unrighteous mammon, that when you fail, they may receive you into an everlasting home” (Luke 16:9). Generally when you are wealthy, you can find many people around you and be friendly with you. Some friends will invite you for consuming liquor and for other revelry of the world. But the friends whom God mentions are not such and they are the ones who accept you in the everlasting home.

Dear children of God, when you spend your worldly things for the Gospel and for gaining souls, your wealth will save many people from the entrance of the hade and from the clutches of the hell. They will never forget your love. The money you spend for the ministry will guide the souls towards God. It will make Christ a friend to them.

One day when you enter the Heavenly Kingdom all those who accepted Jesus through you will hold your hands, take you to their eternal homes and share their happiness with you. Oh! How joyful that day would be!

What is the next purpose for God to give you wealth? The Scripture says, “A brother is born for adversity” (Proverbs 17:17). Yes. Only in order to relieve people from the clutches of adversities God has given you the wealth.

See! Joseph was pushed into a pit and was sold in Egypt as a slave. But God blessed him and gave him wealth in abundance. God elevated him to the highest position in Egypt. Just see how Joseph was helpful to his brothers when he was in that elevated status.

He had no thought of taking revenge for pushing him into the pit but magnanimously shared the wealth with them saying, “....for God sent me before you to preserve life” (Genesis 45:5). Dear children of God, will you wholeheartedly help the brothers and sisters who are in distress?

To meditate: “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.” (Malachi 3:10).