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19 April 2024

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:16

[Adapted from Choose Generosity: Discovering Whole-Life Stewardship, Herald House, pp. 54–56]

In many cultures, money and earthly possessions are so powerful that we must learn how to deal faithfully with them. Regardless of how much money we have, we make choices daily about how to use it. In addition to money, in some places, commodities such as seeds and livestock are used instead of currency. In these situations, the same challenges exist.

If we perceive we have little wealth in whatever form it takes, depending on our understanding and attitude, our lives can become preoccupied with what we do not have and what it will take to get more. We can become so enslaved by the pursuit of wealth or the envy of others’ wealth that our hearts no longer are focused on God’s will, and our eyes no longer are full of God’s light. If we are not careful, we find ourselves serving the pursuit of wealth as opposed to serving God and the pursuit of God’s kingdom.

If we have much wealth, we can become seduced by the need to earn more wealth. We can become enticed to trust our wealth more than we trust God. Thus, we focus our hearts on material possessions, and our eyes reflect the darkness of that choice.

We have individual financial circumstances; yet God calls all of us to embrace the principles of the generous disciples. This keeps our eyes full of God’s light. “Do not say to yourself, ‘My power and the might of my own hand have gotten me this wealth.’ But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, so that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your ancestors, as he is doing today” (Deuteronomy 8:17–18).

Our financial response is part of our spiritual condition. When we focus our financial response on God, Jesus Christ, and building God’s kingdom, our light shines for our families and the world.

Prayer Phrase

“…my God turns my darkness into light” (Psalm 18:28).

Spiritual Practice


Close your eyes and become centered with your breath. As you breathe gently in and out, reflect on the statement, “The light of God is in all things.” The light has a bright, soft beauty and radiates God’s healing love. The light of God reaches you and permeates you with a deep sense of peace. Rest in the light as it surrounds and fills you. Thank God that you live in God’s light, and it lives in you.

Today’s Prayer for Peace

Engage in a daily practice of praying for peace in our world. Click here to read today’s prayer and be part of this practice of peace.

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