There is a hefty emphasis placed upon the topic of wealth, regardless of cultural background.
From the beginning of time, man has begun a vain pursuit of accumulating “stuff”.
It is an endless pursuit; which although has its place in everyday life, can sap the very essence of humanity out of people.
The Irish novelist, Oliver Goldsmith once wrote,
“Where wealth accumulates, men decay.”
Another wiseman by the name of John Locke once penned,
“All wealth is the product of labor.”
These points within their original context stand firm as solid reminders of where our intentions should be as we strive for wealth; although, be assured the Word of God has plenty to say about it as well.
In the pursuit of wealth, many have opted for service to funds rather than the God who has funded our eternity.
Paul administers a strong warning in 1 Timothy 6:10 when he teaches that,
“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.”
As Christians, eternal wealth is what is perpetually guaranteed unto us. It is guaranteed and is, as John Locke put it, a product of labor.
No, we do not work for our faith. Yet, Christ has already put in the work and it is finished.
By His finished Gospel and labor of love, we are saved, and prescribed a Heavenly inheritance with wealth beyond imagination. It is a free gift of God.
Romans 6:23 shows this when it is written:
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
When considering physical wealth over the Spiritual wealth of God, I think of the classic charge laid by Joshua.
“Choose you this day whom ye will serve” (Joshua 24:15).
The strive for wealth often comes from the innate fear that humans have regarding a lack of security. God instills this within humanity.
Rather, turning to the bondage of prosperity gospels, we have assurance that God will take care of us!
In Hebrews 13:5, the writer notes,
“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”
We can have assurance that the Lord has dominion over our souls and that nothing can separate us from the love of Christ (Romans 8:39).
So, trust in the wealth of Christ, and lay down the burden of Earthly pursuit!