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Sources say globally, 1% of people own 50% of the world’s wealth. They say in the United States, 10% of people own 85% of all wealth. That is a lot of money in the hands of a few people. And one of the sad outcomes of being filthy rich is that the more money many rich people have, the more self-sufficient they feel, and the more power and control they exercise over others. Some think their money can buy anything they want. Self-sufficiency was very likely the problem of a rich young ruler who one day asked Jesus a question. “What must I do to get eternal life?” We read in Mark 10 Jesus ran down to him six of the Ten Commandments. When he claimed he had kept them all, Jesus replied, “‘There is still one thing you haven’t done… Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, then you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.’ At this the man’s face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.” The young man’s money was his idol, his god. Though he gave lip service to keeping the law, Jesus revealed his heart. God was not first in his heart. People who regard money or any possession as more important than a relationship with God are deluded. They fail to consider that only faith in Jesus Christ can prepare a person for life after death.

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