Wealth is often associated with riches, in terms of monetary or material possessions which will usually be far more than what an average working adult could obtain. Some would have wealth through an inheritance like people from a royal family or families of business moguls or tycoons. Others, through a windfall from a lottery, winnings of a game or challenge, or being bought over for an app, software or property at an astronomical amount.
Generally, wealth is measured in monetary terms. The term money has been referred to as mammon in the bible and it has been regarded as a god or master. This explains the following verse:
“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money” – Luke 16:13 ESV.
You may find it hard to accept that a clear line has been drawn. The following story may be even harder to accept:
A man went up to Jesus and asked him what he has to do to get eternal life and when Jesus said he has to keep the commandments to enter life. The man then asked which commandment and Jesus listed some from the Ten Commandments and the man said he has obeyed them all and he asked Jesus, “What do I still lack?” Then Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” At this juncture, the young man went away sad because he had great wealth – Matt 19:16-30.
Why is it that a man so sincere in wanting to have eternal life, could not give up what he has which was temporal, in order to gain what is eternal?
So the verse mentioned earlier stands true in that one cannot serve two masters. It showed that the values of this world is opposite of what God values. For example, Jesus was speaking to the Pharisees who loved money:
“You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight.” – Luke 16:15 NIV.
It is not money that is the problem here but the love of it. It is where the heart is, that is the point and answer all the time and all the while.
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” – Matthew 6:21 NIV.
“I guess it all comes down to where your heart is. It’s where your thoughts and feelings all begin, but if you never give your heart to Jesus, you’ll never really have a part in him.” This was the first stanza of an old song I used to sing in youth meetings and it was an all-time favourite. At that time, I believe I liked it more because it had a pleasant tune and was a nice song to sing along to.
I am happy to find this song on Youtube so you can hear it here as well:
Now that the words had come to me again, I ask myself these questions:
Where is my heart today?
What matters to me as I go about each day and what occupies my thoughts and feelings?
I pray that my heart be true for God and be changed if it is not. Amen.