10 He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity. 11When goods increase, they increase who eat them, and what advantage has their owner but to see them with his eyes? 12 Sweet is the sleep of a laborer, whether he eats little or much, but the full stomach of the rich will not let him sleep. Ecclesiastes 5:10-12 ESV
There are so many people concerned about wealth. We’ve seen dozens of instances where the desire to be wealthy, to have it all has literally caused some individuals to go mad! And the real crux of the issue is that they got caught doing whatever it took to get what they wanted, especially at the expense of someone else. From the Ponzi schemes to the failed corporations to identity theft and more, there are those that are consumed with money and how to get it. Recently I was the victim of an email hacker who had taken over my account and sent messages to a large majority of my friends pretending to be me stranded in London with my family and in need of money. The perpetrators then proceeded to hack into my Facebook account and ask folks that were online for money. I am grateful that the issue was resolved fairly quickly before they had an opportunity to do any real damage. But it’s certainly an example of the greed that exists in the hearts of many.
As Christians we ought to be very careful that our lives are not consumed with attempts to build wealth over our desire to work out our salvation “with fear and trembling” and the purpose that God has mapped out for our lives. Of course I am not advocating that there is anything wrong with having wealth. However, I am concerned that many Christians are becoming so absorbed with their attempts to be wealthy that they have forgotten why we are in this world but not of this world.
Glorifying God is our top priority! The Psalmist penned the song above – We give thanks to you O God, your name is near. Every time we lift up the name of Jesus we are invoking his presence and in his very name are his wondrous deeds! Just by saying his name should conjure up all the many blessings we have received and the majesty that incorporates who he is!!!! This is our REAL purpose, this is our assignment – to lift up the matchless, wonderful name of Jesus!
We also must understand that whether to grant wealth, promotion, etc. lies in the hands of God and God alone! I don’t care how many businesses you attempt to own, how great your marketing plan is – God determines success! And guess what, success cannot be measured by bank account statements alone! Hallelujah!
Ultimately I am encouraging you to ensure that whatever objectives you are executing, whatever task list you have put before yourself each day – make certain that it is God’s plan for you! Don’t be absorbed by getting and gaining – be more concerned about growing in Christ and sharing his goodness to those (saved and unsaved) around you. The Bible says that those who love money will never be satisfied! Make sure that you are putting money in it’s proper place and that if you are blessed enough to have it and/or have it abundantly that you will use it to glorify God and not yourself!
c/2010 C. A. Price