Welcome back, Willing Spirits!
I hope all is well with you and you had a great week! May God continue to guide you and strengthen you for the tasks you have to complete this week.
When you were younger, did you ever want to be famous for the sake of it or insanely rich and never have to worry about money again? Same. Everywhere we look, we our surrounded by the “rich-luxurious” lifestyle; on social media, on TV and our environment. It’s only natural to want to have more money or live a life of luxury and that is okay. There is nothing wrong or bad in wanting riches. God blessed many people in the bible with it; Abraham, Solomon and David. It only becomes a problem when one trades their “soul” for it. They destroy their life/soul in the pursuit of wealth. Their morals, gone. The treatment of others in the process, wrong. Their behaviour, abnormal and unrighteous. When it becomes our main priority over God, it is not okay.
“We claim that riches will makes us happy, and it may do for a while, but it won’t bring joy or contentment”– A Willing Spirit
This is what this weeks verse means, exchanging one’s soul or life as it could translate to, for the mere purpose of “gaining the world” that is–being rich and wealthy–is a big no. The common thing those three men I stated earlier did, was use their wealth for the service of God and for good. David acknowledged God as the source of his wealth, Solomon was given his wealth unprovoked and he prioritised wisdom over it. And Abraham‘s wealth became generational–he shared it with others. These are some of the good ways we ought to use our wealth and seek it for. God wants us to prosper, He wants us to win economically. He only asks of us one thing in our want for it and when we obtain it. That we ‘…shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth…’ [Deuteronomy 8:18 NKJV].
In doing so we our making sure that we don’t get ahead of ourselves when it comes to handling or pursuing wealth. Additionally, it does not just pertain to riches and wealth but approval in general which we discussed two weeks ago. Jesus condemns people’s desire for the world because it goes against everything He stands for. As Christians, we aren’t meant to seek approval or acceptance of the world nor desire its riches in a way that will cause us to lose our souls because we are not of the world.
Furthermore, being ultimately rich and wealthy strengthens the barrier between us and the kingdom of heaven. Jesus mentions in Luke that ‘…it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God…’ [Luke 18:25]. This doesn’t mean it is impossible but it does mean that it is very hard because of how much they would have to give up. We can see an example of this in verse 22 where a ruler asked Jesus how he could inherit eternal life. He was told by Jesus to ‘…sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven;…’. The man was sad when he heard this. So sometimes, for some people, being stupendously rich isn’t in their best interest no matter how badly they want it.
Sometimes we assume that all the riches will make us happy, and it may do for a while but it won’t bring joy or true contentment. We know this because it would mean that every rich person in the world today would be happy all the time when that is unfortunately, not the case. I have heard at least one celebrity or millionaire say they aren’t happy even with all their riches, that it could destroy a person or even that they sought salvation in them and didn’t find any. So let’s revisit today’s verse and ask ourselves, is it really worth it to lose ourselves all for the sake of the approval and riches of this world?
On a better note, I pray God does bless you abundantly and when He does, I hope we remember our wealth and blessings come from Him and Him only! Have a lovely week!
– A Willing Spirit