Thursday, November 19, 2015

Why Not To Be Jealous Of The Rich

We look at the world around us and see people who seem to have it all and more. Should that inspire us to want to be like them?

"Do not be overawed when others grow rich, when the splendor of their houses increases; for they will take nothing with them when they die, their splendor will not descend with them. Though while they live they count themselves blessed- and people praise you when you prosper- they will join those who have gone before them, who will never again see the light of life." Psalm 49:16-19.

This is not just advice or a suggestion; instead, the Bible gives it the strength of a command. Here is something we are clearly told to do, or in this case not to do.

We should not wonder at the situation of the rich, or think too much about their lives, much less be jealous. We should not let thoughts about the rich fill our vision, and don't be impressed with their riches.

The house suggests not only bank accounts but the way of life; besides not being in awe of other people's money we should also not be impressed with their other riches such as possessions, community, influence, status, and power.

There is one absolute you can count on, it is that they will take nothing with them when they die.
Riches often cause us to focus on this world as if there were no other, and they can cause some to forget the reality that one day they will stand before God.

In death we are all common and those things that made us each distinct are gone we are then just like everybody else.

We have opportunities only in this life to find peace with God.  One of the dangers of wealth is that it conditions us to think that money can buy anything, but God does not sell salvation- instead, He gives it freely to those who are willing to accept it. Without Christ, all the riches of the world will still leave one hopeless and facing a dark eternity.

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