Want to Be Rich?
Want to be rich? Our culture is driven by the desire for riches. But what does this desire do to our soul? The Bible does not condemn wealth, but it has some strong words for the pursuit of riches. There are many today who want you to have “Your Best Life Now.” But are they promising the things God has promised? If not, then what has God promised?
The beauty of it all, is that God promises you the greatest treasure of all – Himself. The treasures of this earth are fading away. They are rusting and eaten up by moths. They are quickly spent on fleeting pleasures. God wants to give you a treasure that will last forever. The question is, how much does He have to take from you first? Our tendency is to fall in love with the things of this world. C.S. Lewis puts it this way,
Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires, not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.
Let us confess our half-heartedness and disdain of God and His promises. Christ died for this. And don’t fall for the false hope of the prosperity gospel. See it for what it truly is.
John Piper explains it more fully in this video.