The Uncertainty of Riches

by Wes Bridel on February 20, 2009

in Calling

Being rich in the world is of no consequence when compared to being rich in communion with God:  ”that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man” (Ephesians 3:16).

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints” (Ephesians 1:18).

Worldly wealth should always take a back seat to growing in Christ. “For the sun rises with a scorching wind and withers the grass; and its flower falls off and the beauty of its appearance is destroyed; so too the rich man in the midst of his pursuits will fade away” (James 1:11)

Paul says it like this, “Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy” (1 Tim 6:17).

But if that perspective is clear, the wealth of this world can and should become a tool for us to serve in the calling that He has for you.

Deuteronomy 8 lays out exactly what God thinks about this subject. The entire chapter is instructive of how God looks at our place in this world. How He provides and leads us wanting the best for us both spiritually and in this world, as long as our focus stays on Him.

“But you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth”

He wants us to steward wealth for Him as long as we keep our focus on Him.

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