But those who want to be rich fall into temptation, a trap, and many foolish and harmful desires, which plunge people into ruin and destruction.1 Timothy 6:9
Don’t long to be rich. Life, after all, is not about money. He who dies with the biggest house and nicest car still dies. And you can’t take it with you.
In the gospels, Jesus warned against trying to serve God and money. When we long to be rich, we make ourselves a servant of money. We depend on it for our worth and sense of happiness. It becomes a god for us, a false idol we bow our hearts to.
In the course of life, if we spend, save, and invest wisely and give generously, and God happens to provide us with wealth; then we should be thankful and should commit to use it for his glory. But if God doesn’t provide us wealth, we should be content and happy, not because of material things that we have or lack, but because we have Jesus, the greatest treasure of all.
This is why Paul also wrote in 1 Timothy 6:6-8,
But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world and we can take nothing out. If we have food and clothing, we will be content with these.
This post is part of a devotional series based on our 2020 Bible Reading Calendar. All Scripture quotations are taken from the Christian Standard Bible.