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Lusting After Riches

1 Tim. 6:9-10 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. [10] 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. [KJV] . . . People who yearn, and actually lust, for riches fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. For the LOVE of money is the source of all kinds of evil. Some people, craving money, have been so eager to have it that they have strayed away from the faith and have broken their hearts with many sorrows. Some people are so hungry for money, more and more and more; it is like a disease with them. They can never spend what they have, yet they lust after more. "Perdition" is utter ruin, damnation, eternal punishment, it is eternal agony in an everlasting HELL. It the loss of eternal life (John 17:12; Php.1:28; 2 Thes.2:3; Heb.10:39; 2 Pet.3:7; Rev.17:8). Perdition is eternal separation from God (2 Thes.1:8-9).

We should be happy with what the Lord gives us. 1 Tim. 6:7-8 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. [8] And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. [KJV] When we came into this world, we didn’t bring anythingwith us, and it is certain we will NOT carry anything with us when we die. We should be content if we have enough food and clothing, and a roof over our heads.

Luke 12:19-21 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. [20] But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? [21] So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God. [KJV] . . . The rich man in Jesus’ story died before he could ever begin to use what he had stored in his big barns. Planning for retirement, or preparing for life before death, is wise, but neglecting life after death is disastrous. If you are accumulating wealth only to enrich yourself, with no concern for helping others around you, you will enter eternity empty-handed and most likely go to the destination where you do not wish to go. Jesus challenges us to think beyond earthbound goals and to use what we have been given to improve and strengthen God’s Kingdom. Faith, service and obedience are the way to become rich toward God, NOT lusting after money.

Matthew 6:19-21 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: [20] But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: [21] For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. [KJV] . . . Thinking about this world and what is in it is a common and fatal symptom of hypocrisy. There is no other sin where Satan can have a more certain and faster hold on your soul than lusting after riches. Christ Jesus counsels us to make our most sought after things in life the joys and glories of the other world; things which are not seen, which are spiritual, which are eternal, and to place our happiness in them. What are "treasures in Heaven?" It is our salvation, wisdom, knowledge, the fear of God, the knowledge of God, the Gospel, the Kingdom, etc. (Pro.8:18; 10:22; 21:20; 23:23; Is.33:6; 55:1; Eph.3:8; Col.2:3; 1 Cor.1:5; 2 Cor.4:6-7; 6:10; Heb.11:26; Jam.2:5). Treasures are also the good deeds we do for others that go ahead and await our arrival.

Matthew 19:21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. [KJV] Should all believers sell everything they own? No, absolutely not. We are responsible to take care for our own needs and the needs of our families so we won’t be a burden on others. The Bible makes this perfectly clear. No able-bodied person should be on welfare, depending on the government to support them.

2 Thes. 3:10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. [KJV]

We should, however, be willing to give up anything IF God asks us to do so. To have this kind of attitude allows nothing to come between us and God and keeps us from using our God-given wealth selfishly. IF you are comforted by the fact that Christ did not tell all His followers to sell all their possessions, then maybe you are too attached to what you have.

Our wisdom should allow us to give all diligence to make eternal life sure through Jesus Christ, and to look on all things here below, not as worthy to be compared with it, and to be content with nothing short of it. Heaven will be happiness above and beyond anything here on Earth, an inheritance incorruptible to which we can look forward. The worldly man is wrong in his first belief; therefore all his reasonings and actions are wrong. A person can only serve one master. God requires (demands) our whole heart, and will not share it with the world. When two masters oppose each other, no one can serve them both. If someone holds to the world and loves it, he must despise God; but he who loves God, must give up the friendship of the world.

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