Loving God, Not Money

Hebrews 13:5-6 NASB: 5 Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,” 6 so that we confidently say, “The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What will man do to me?”

Have you recently been around people that just can’t stop talking about the many worldly possessions they have? Sadly, many people today view how successful they are in life based on the value of their bank account, the worth of their home, or the number of vehicles they own. They falsely believe that these fleeting possessions will somehow make them happy or give them more confidence against an uncertain future. They place their hope and trust in the things of this world.

Jesus teaches us that worldly possessions are temporary, they will not last. Jesus tells us to store up for ourselves treasures in heaven that will last for an eternity.

“But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal” Matthew 6:20.

It really comes down to where we place our trust. Do you trust God to provide for your needs today and in the future or do you trust in your own ability and your worldly wealth to give you a feeling of security? The love of money and worldly possessions will most certainly keep you from having a close and lasting relationship with God.

Remember the story from Luke’s gospel about the rich man and Lazarus? The rich man lived a life of luxury while on this earth and poor Lazarus, covered with sores, simply longed for the crumbs that fell from the man’s table. Lazarus was laid at the rich man’s gate, but the rich man never acknowledged him or offered to help him. They both died and Lazarus was carried away to heaven while the rich man awoke in hell. The rich man was given these sobering words: “Child, remember that during your life you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus bad things; but now he is being comforted here, and you are in agony.” One of these men had repented and placed his trust in God while the other man found no need to repent and he put his faith and trust in his wealth. Luke’s gospel tells us that the rich man lived in “splendor” every day, while now he is in agony because of his unrepentant heart.

Do you want to receive your reward in this life or do you long for your eternal reward that cannot be taken away and is everlasting? Do you long for the temporary things of this world or do you desire to live eternally with God your creator and Jesus Christ your savior? The choice is yours, but the decision you make will have eternal implications.

 

 

 

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