According to many television ministers; if we serve God, then we are promised the materialistic achievement of wealth. Their sermons are geared toward the acquisition of massive bank accounts, million dollar homes, and upscale automobiles. In fact, if you do not have, then it is your fault, because you are not utilizing the right tactics to obtain your “blessings of wealth.” However, the concept of believers pursuing after the things of the world is not biblically based.
The Word of God specifically points out that we are not to pursue wealth in any form. In Matthew 19, the rich young ruler asks Christ what must he do to have eternal life? When he was told to sell all that he possessed, he walked away, “for he had great wealth.” In 1 Timothy 6:10-11, Paul instructs young Timothy to pursue godliness as opposed to wealth.
So, what is wrong with living comfortably? After all, we work hard, we save our money, and we deserve the comforts of life. The pursuit of wealth distracts us from the greatest lifetime reward that God has promised to us: Eternal life. “No man can serve two masters, either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You can not serve God and money.” Matthew 6:24
God has blessed many of us with an overabundance of money. We gladly thank God for opening the windows of heaven on our behalf. The confusion begins when our values do not align with God’s instruction for the use of His blessings. James 1:27 instructs us to look after the widows and the orphans. This simple instruction translates into assisting those in need; especially placing elderly women and children as our first priorities.
For those of you who are reading this post, please pray that we will have the desire to use our overabundance to help others in 2018.
“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.” 1 John 2:15
Sonya Johnson Ruiz