But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. 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. 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 Tim 6: 6-10)
Any alert Christian will notice that Satan is tirelessly working to get people to focus on
things, which are not eternal, in other words, to misplace your strength. He is cleverly
putting “good things” in the way of people as a distraction and a replacement for the
best things, which includes laying up treasures in heaven, working out your salvation
with fear and trembling and giving the best years of your life to the service of the Lord
God. Money is the cheapest of God`s blessings, yet it is the one that gets people the
most excited and geared up. When the desire to acquire wealth becomes the focal
point of our lives and takes God`s place, we have missed the mark!
Our Lord Jesus said in Luke 12:15…”Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a
man`s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth” All the
extra time spent earning money to acquire the luxuries we crave in line with worldly
standards will not get us closer to God in anyway. The craving for wealth and material
possessions will slowly but surely lead one away from God. This kind of riches also
described as “unrighteous mammon” in the bible is deceitful and leads to false security
that can rob a man of eternal life.
There are many highly gifted and intelligent Christians who spend 40-80 hours a week
working to make money to provide a better standard of living for their families, yet will
not manage to find 5 minutes to hand out a few tracts to people or tell someone about
Christ. Just 5 minutes spent a week telling someone about Christ will make a difference!
In these last days, Mammon is intensifying his activities in ensnaring men through the
desire for more and more wealth and abundance, otherwise known as covetousness, which in the
eyes of God is idolatry.
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or
else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Anything you spend your time and strength pursuing that keeps you away from the things
of God is misplaced strength. Are your priorities on the things of this world rather than on
God`s Kingdom? Constantly pursuing worldly riches and pleasures will eventually bring a
lifeof frustration and confusion. Our priorities need to be on God and on making heaven at all costs.
Remembering that God has promised that as you seek first his kingdom and his
righteousness, all other things will be added unto you. (Mt 6:33)