Monday, October 20th, 2014
Leadership (Part 31)
Without A Love Of Money
Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.
1 Timothy 3:2-3 (NIV)
Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have.
Hebrews 13:5 (NASB)
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith.
1 Timothy 6:10 (NIV)
Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied.
Ecclesiastes 5:10 (NIV)
You cannot serve both God and money.
Matthew 6:24 (NIV)
I have a dear Christian friend. Undoubtedly, she loves Jesus. She works hard and lives richly. In a recent discussion on the subject of 'prosperity preachers,' she said: 'God wants us to be wealthy, so others will want what we have...'
I was too surprised to answer. I hope the right words will come to me later, because I disagree. Having wealth and showing wealth are very different things. She's right: showing it does invoke envy, but is it godly envy or worldly envy? I vote for #2.
This debate begs a second question. If God blesses His faithful followers with glam gear, what about those who can't afford it? Are they less faithful? Are they less loved? What about believers who suffer great losses, like Job? Did they displease God? Job's friends thought he did.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: the only show and tell you need to play is Jesus. Since He showed His followers a simple life, I believe His Example is the wisest One to copy. God's promises of prosperity cannot by defined by the standards of men.*
In His Words: 'Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also' (Matthew 6:19-21).
One more thing: Don't seek fame. Because today, fame is considered treasure. Don't compare yourself to others and don't try to please them. Instead, seek to please God, and He will give you the desires of your heart.
If you're not rich in His Eyes, the rest is meaningless.
To Be Continued...
* The riches God promises are better than man's riches. They are enduring. Grand houses, cool cars, handy gadgets and great clothes can hardly be called 'enduring.'
'Riches and honor are with me,
Enduring wealth and righteousness.
My fruit is better than gold, even pure gold,
And my yield better than choicest silver' (Proverbs 8:18-19)
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Leadership series.