The Peril of Riches


In a world were self is always introduced, we find the ubiquity of principles that are in complete opposition to the precepts of God. Self has always been a problem since the garden of Eden. We want to do things on our own, and people today are seeking wealth and power to satisfy their needs.

In this situation, we can see many Christians trapped in the same way of thinking and life. They would rather work hard for their future, which we know is temporal, than to do service for God. To them, It’s okay to give their time, talent, treasure to the world rather than to our Lord. Why? Because they are hoping that someday they will be rich.

The Bible says that our future and hope does not found on the temporal things but in the person of Jesus Christ. Christians bring a tremendous amount of sorrows in their lives if they only focus on the riches of the world because that is not our primary goal why we are here on earth.

The Bible says, “But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition” (1 Timothy 6:9). The Bible goes on in verse ten and says, “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” (1 Timothy 6:10). We need money, no doubt about that, but it is not our pursuit and purpose here on earth.

The Bible says that we should “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). As Christians, we must please our Father by doing His will and way. We should serve in any capacity we can for His glory.

If you find yourself pursuing the riches of this world, you need to reshuffle your priorities and ask God for help to set your affections on things above, not on things on this world. Are you worried about the cares of this world? My friend, we have our Father who gives promises in His Word, and He will do it. Try to ponder this, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33).

1 Timothy 6:6 “But godliness with contentment is great gain.”

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