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The Pursuit of Money
The desire to
" keep up with the Jones' " has been a driving force for many
people who are bent on trying to keep the pace of the seemingly "higher
class." There apparently is a prevailing theory that the grass
is always greener in someone else's yard. These feelings of dissatisfaction
run rampant in our society and generate a desire to constantly outdo,
outgive, and outsmart our neighbors. We want to have the latest and
greatest, the biggest and fastest, and the most superior possessions
available to us.
undermines God's promise to "provide all that we need" (Phil.
4:19) and to "satisfy the desires of every living thing" (Ps.145:16).
Hebrews 13:5 says, "Keep your lives free from the love of money
and be content with what
Paul wisely instructs Timothy to "pursue righteousness, godliness, . . . and love . . . " instead of money, for he states that "we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it" (I Timothy 6:11, 7) Wealth and hoarded possessions only have value in this life; a point made clear by the fact that hursts never pull U-Hauls. King Solomon, once the wealthiest man in the world, wrote, "I amassed silver and gold for myself . . . I denied nothing my eyes desired . . . Yet when I surveyed . . .what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless" Ecclesiastes 2: 8,11). In the end he concluded that the only worthwhile purpose under heaven was to "fear God and keep His commandments" (Ecclesiastes 12:13).
that if you "seek His kingdom and His righteousness, all these
things will be added unto you" (Matthew 6:33). Immeasurable blessings
await those who pursue the higher calling of Christ Jesus rather than
All Bible verse quotations on this page are from the New International version.