Do you need to get wealthy – From his coronary heart
WOULD YOU LIKE TO GET RICH?
A few years ago, a good friend of mine and I had a lively discussion about God and money. At the end of the conversation, my friend said emphatically: "Well, I know one thing … there is nothing wrong with wanting to get rich!"
Really? What did the apostle Paul Timothy say?
But those who want to get rich are tempted and caught in a trap and in many stupid and harmful desires that plunge people into destruction and destruction. Because the love of money is at the root of all kinds of evil, and some who yearn for it have migrated from their faith and pierced themselves with so much pain. 1 Timothy 6: 9-10
Is there something wrong with trying to get rich? YES!
1. If you want to get rich, this shows an unhealthy view of wealth.
So many people think that the answer to almost all of their problems is money. They think, "If I only had more money, I could do whatever I wanted … and then I would be happy." Money doesn't make a person happy. Take it from King Solomon, the man who had so much money that he made Bill Gates look like a street beggar: "Those who love money will not be satisfied with money" (Eccl. 5:10).
Angela Kelly won $ 72 million in Britain's biggest lottery win. I think her life is full of joy and peace now, right? NOT CORRECT! She has lost her boyfriend since her big payday, gained £ 14, has been persecuted by friends looking for financial help, and now lives like a virtual hermit. Her neighbor said, "She was completely happy before she won the millions. Winning the money really ruined her life. She completely lost her sense of purpose." Amazing!
Do you know what is really satisfying in life? A deep way with God. Solomon asked, "Who can eat and who can enjoy without it?" Nobody!
2. If you want to get rich, it shows a potential love of wealth.
God warns us not to love money. Money is amoral, neither good nor bad, but "love of money is at the root of all sorts of evils" (1 Tim 6:10). Jesus said it was impossible to serve God and money. It is impossible to love God and money.
Don't get me wrong now; It's okay to have money … as long as money doesn't have you. How can you tell if you have money or if you have money? Can you give something generous and joyful to the Lord's work? Tithing (10% of your gross income for the work of the Lord) not only strengthens your faith, it also protects your heart from making money a destructive idol in your life.
3. If you want to get rich, a short-sighted view of wealth is displayed.
Wealth is uncertain and at best unstable. You are here today and gone tomorrow. Does money speak? Yes. It says "goodbye." Mike Tyson won $ 300 million as a boxer … and filed for bankruptcy in 2003. Former box office hit Burt Reynolds filed for bankruptcy in 1996 with over $ 10 million in debt. He went through money like "White Lightning" (a little Burt Reynolds film humor). God tells us "not to focus our hope on the insecurity of wealth" (1 Tim 6:17). We should "put our hope in God, who provides us with everything we can enjoy".
Wealth certainly does not benefit on the day of anger (Prov 11: 4). When you die, you leave everything you have and take everything you are with you. According to Jesus, the only way to earn your money for all eternity is to invest it in the bank of heaven: "Do not lay any treasures on earth for yourself, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But lay treasures for you in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroy and where thieves do not break in or steal, because where your treasure is, your heart will be "(Mt 6: 19-21).
My friend, I want to encourage you to be satisfied with what you have. It is certainly not wrong to have wealth … just don't long for them or trust them!
Give generously, live simply, love unconditionally, trust God implicitly and enjoy the blessings He will bring as a result!
Pastor Jeff Schreve,
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