George is young, aggressive, astute in business, and…getting rich. He claims to be a believer in Christ. And probably he is.
But I notice that when I broach the subject of winning the lost and investing time in people’s lives for the Kingdom of God, his eyes seem to glaze over and his attention wanders. In my gut, I get the impression that George is being seduced by the love of money, which as we know “is the root of all kinds of evil.” (I Tim. 6:10a)
So…let me ask you a question “DO YOU WANT TO GET RICH”?
Clearly, God tells us not to put in the effort: “Do not wear yourself out to get rich; have the wisdom to show restraint.” (Prov. 23:4) (Also consider: Prov. 15:27; 23:5; 28:20; Heb. 13:5)
But if you do, then here’s what you can look forward to :
- You will “fall into temptation and a trap.”
- You will fall into “many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction.”
- You run the risk of wandering “from the faith and [piercing yourself] with many griefs.” (I Tim. 6:9, 10)
Just where is your focus ? On money? Or on knowing Jesus Christ?
It cannot be on both, because:
“No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and Money…For where your treasure is, there your heart will also be.” (Matt. 6:24, 21)
Jesus reassured us that if the pursuit of Him is our primary focus, He will provide for our material needs:
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matt. 6:33)
God may in fact endow you with wealth. The difference is that when He gives it, it is void of apprehension:
“The blessing of the Lord brings wealth, and He adds no anxiety to it.” (Prov. 10:22)
QUESTION : Do you want to get rich? Or do you want to know Christ? It is either one or the other. But it cannot be both.
My prayer is that you are having a great week!
R. Dwight Hill
*Original Facts date February 18th, 1998