The Deception Of Self Sufficiency

ThanksgivingIt is easy for those who have much in the way of worldly goods to think they have everything they need. We are, too often, like the rich fool, who, when he had gathered a particularly abundant harvest from his farm, said to himself, “… I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”’ (Luke 12:19). No gratitude toward God. No evidence of compassion for the poor to make him want to share his good fortune with them. He was self-sufficient. He thought only of himself.

God called this man a fool! He had been fooled by the deception of self-sufficiency. The deception of self sufficiency prompts people to hold on to what they have. Paul told Timothy to command the rich not to “trust in uncertain riches but in the living God.” Paul teaches that the Christian should be “…doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.” Why? Because God “gives us richly all things to enjoy,” and He expects us to “be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share.”

“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:8).

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One Response to The Deception Of Self Sufficiency

  1. Good thoughts, as usual, Ray. May I use this in our church bulletin?

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