“Do not toil to acquire wealth; be discerning enough to desist.”
Greed has no bounds. The danger of desiring to be rich is that there might never come a time when you’ll feel rich enough. And so you’ll be forever toiling with all the anxiety and stress such toil entails. Not to mention that being obsessed with becoming rich can destroy your relationships and your health. “Keep your life free from love of money,” because greed can consume you. It can even kill you.
So know when to stop. Agur (see Proverbs 30) had discernment; he prayed, “Give me neither poverty or riches.” Paul too had discernment; he said, “Having food and clothing, let us be content.” (1 Timothy 6:8)
Do we exercise discernment when it comes to acquiring wealth? Do we know when to stop?
Lord, help me not to be greedy for wealth. Help me know when to stop. Amen.
Money, in truth, is one of the most unsatisfying of possessions. It takes away some cares, no doubt; but it brings with it quite as many cares as it takes away. There is trouble in the getting of it. There is anxiety in the keeping of it. There are temptations in the use of it. There is guilt in the abuse of it. There is sorrow in the losing of it. There is perplexity in the disposing of it. Two-thirds of all the strifes, quarrels, and lawsuits in the world, arise from one simple cause, — money!
— J. C. Ryle, Practical Religion, p. 327-328
RICH MAN, POOR MAN
Text: James 1:9-11
“Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted: but the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away. For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace and fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.”
There must have been a problem in the churches James was writing to: the poor were envying the rich and looking down on themselves, and the rich were looking down on and oppressing the poor (c.f., Jas. 2:1-4). This is certainly the result of failing to think spiritually, not realizing that in Christ rich and poor are equal (Gal. 3:26-28). Continue reading “Ikthus Villa Angela Sermon (July 7, 2013)”