August 7, 2017/Aspects of Wealth

“Money, money, money. Must be funny, in a rich man’s world.”

Yes, I loved ABBA.  (Although, what Hollywood did to MAMA MIA was disgraceful!) Note to all in show business who may read blogs—DO NOT HIRE PEOPLE TO PUT IN MUSICALS WHEN THEY CAN’T SING. YOUR AUDIENCE IS NOT AMUSED!!!

Getting back to the subject of money, we all may wish we had it–but we eventually learn the sad truth behind riches. Those that have lots of money spend their time wanting more. There never seems to be ‘enough’. You would think that having no financial worries would allow people to relax and become more charitable; to spread their wealth and be content–yet that is not what seemingly happens. No, take a look at people who have more money than they will ever need. Do they look happy? Some with money crave more power. Some decide ‘they’ have all the answers and wish to ‘teach’ us to obey their point of view out of pride. Some simply abandon all ambition and take the road of an hedonistic existence–little knowing or caring about anyone or anything other than themselves.

It’s sad but money isn’t the root of all evil…it simply forces the evil that is already present in humans more to the surface. I am sure that there are those who have wealth who manage to do great things. How else would we have had the experience of genuine philanthropy? But, as a whole, those with great wealth are always seeking something more–for money doesn’t love you back; keep all illness at bay; or provide true friendship.

God gives us many glimpses into what the possession of money can do to humans. He warns us that the money, itself, is NOT the problem. It is our attitude toward money that brings destruction.

1 Timothy 6: 7-10-For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession;

When Jesus threw out the money changers at the Temple, I believe His dismay at their display revolved around how far the religious leaders of the day had lowered themselves to allow MONEY and its insidious force to corrupt the true worship of God. It wasn’t the changing of money so that people could buy their sacrifices that caused Jesus such disgust–it was placing it on the same stage of worship…as if equalizing God with money; the rich with blessings; the poor with pity.

Those who are rich must avoid snares that those of us who are ‘common’ do not address. For one thing, they never know if they are loved/courted because of their money. They become accustomed to being fawned over–not for what THEY accomplish, but for what they possess.

Riches may bring momentary pleasure but it is wise to remember as Timothy reminds us here that we bring NOTHING into this world and we will carry NOTHING out.

So what’s in YOUR wallet? What are you spending your time and energy creating? What takes precedence in your life? To whom do you declare your allegiance?

Christians must avoid the devil’s snares whenever they can. To do so, we must focus ourselves of studying God’s word, praying, and seeking His will. His care will provide us with whatever we need…

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