1 Timothy 6:9-10 (NET) Those who long to be rich, however, stumble into temptation and a trap and many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all evils. Some people in reaching for it have strayed from the faith and stabbed themselves with many pains.
When the Lord appeared to King Solomon and told him to ask for anything he desired, the Lord was pleased that his biggest desire was not riches, long life, or the death of his enemies, etc. His biggest wish was that he would be equipped to fulfill his divine assignment on the earth. He asked for the one thing he needed the most in order for him to fulfill God’s kingdom assignment for him as the leader of God’s people. Even though Solomon did not ask for riches, God decided to bless him and make him the wealthiest king in his generation (see 2 Chronicles 1:7-13).
The way God created us as humans, we have binocular vision. We do not have the ability to focus our eyes on more than one thing at the same time. If we must see a thing properly, we would have to focus on it and it alone. Even spiritually, we have the same makeup. We cannot focus on more than one heart pursuit for our lives. As believers, our only focus should be the kingdom of God (Matthew 6:36). We do not have the ability to love God and love mammon at the same time (see Matthew 6:24).
If a believer’s goal in life is to be rich, that believer has already been deceived by the prince of this world. Our goal in life as believers should be to be found in the center of God’s will and pleasing Him in all things. As for the matter of our needs, God is able to supply them (see Phil 4:19). Even when money fails, God is still able to meet the needs of those who are in the center of His will.
For some, because of the nature of their assignment, God will cause a lot of many to pass through their hands, but their lives are not defined by that but by how yielded they are to God. Many have strayed from the faith because they were deceived into believing that making money is the ultimate thing in life(see Luke 12:15). A day is coming when we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ (2 Cor 5:10), and what will matter then would be our stewardship not our worldly wealth. Even those the Lord gave worldly wealth as stewardship would have to give an account of how they used it for the kingdom agenda.
Go into today remembering that you have been called to inherit God’s eternal kingdom(Luke 12:32), worldly wealth and power is the best the devil has to temp you out of that glorious destiny (see Matthew 4:8-10). Don’t let that happen.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, please help me keep my mind stayed on thee and thee alone(see Isiah 26:3). In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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