Friday, May 18, 2012

Wealth Redefined by Martin Wiles


Although a few may have considered him “tight,” my word was stingy.

He hired out work on the farm to the cheapest laborers regardless of quality. I know; I performed quite a few jobs for him. A dime for sweeping off the barn roof or pulling weeds from a cotton field. He was a mixture of diligence and laziness, doing most work himself while hiring others to do what he couldn’t do or didn’t want to.

My grandfather’s lifestyle resulted in a tidy sum of money, but it served him no lasting purpose. When he died, he left it-along with his other worldly possessions, behind. He did exactly what Paul warned against.

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment (I Timothy 6:17).

Wealth is normally defined as money and possessions, and there is nothing inherently wrong with either. But Jesus warns of their potential danger by teaching how difficult it is for rich people to enter heaven. (Mark 10:25) God creates things for our enjoyment, and money is necessary for survival. When used properly, both enhance our pilgrimage.

When viewed improperly, arrogance and a sense of false security develop. Hope placed in anything other than the living God will disappoint, and God can take what we don’t use to help others. Ultimately, wealth is not defined by money and possessions but by having friends and family. And most of all through connecting to a God who loves us and will supply all our needs. Who or what are you trusting in?

Prayer: Merciful Lord, remind us our ultimate trust should be in You not things or people.

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