The Deceitfulness Of Riches
I want to stress up-front that I am firm in my belief that God causes us to wax great and become wealthy. I believe that the Lord Jesus is preparing to deliver into His body an end-time wealth transfer (see Proverbs 28:8).
There is God’s blessing that causes us to grow rich without the toil, the scripture makes it clear that it is our privilege as His children to enjoy this:
“The blessing of the Lord – it makes (truly) rich, and He adds no sorrow with it [neither does toiling increase it]. Proverbs 10:22 (AM)
The contrast of this is that there is wealth that can cause one to become truly poor and also comes laden with many sorrows (1 Tim 6:10). The saddest day for any man is to die and never have had made the Lord Jesus, Lord and Master. That is the greatest sorrow friend, God does not want us to be without His providence here on earth either, spiritual or material.
There is however what I will call pseudo-wealth, this, however, will cause one to be so inflated that when the King of Glory wants intimacy with you, you deem yourself too high to accept the message from the Cross. That is true sorrow, and many of us will have that temptation. Dr Creflo Dollar shared a sentiment I particularly liked let me paraphrase it, he said’ “if you are worth $6 billion dollars in net worth but are not without Jesus you are still more poorer than you thought.”
And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?
Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.
And he was sad at that saying and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!
I want you to notice what our Lord Jesus said to the young ruler, give away everything to the poor to be able to inherit eternal life. The ‘poor’ young man could not reconcile giving away all his earthly wealth and receive the most precious gift ever, life eternal with God. What is eternal life, why should we covet it beyond the deceitfulness of earthly wealth?
And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. John 17:3 KJV
I truly believe we are in that generation where great wealth is possible than at any time in history. Salim Ismail in his book Exponential Organizations maps out how these days a start-up business in the garage can move from a market valuation of a few thousand to billion of less than 3 years, something that would have taken over 20 years in the past two decades.
Source: Salim, Malone and van Geest, Exponential Organisations (2014)
There is no doubt that we are living in exponential time, where the pursuit of wealth has overtaken many people. When we place a premium on wealth above what is truly precious, eternal life with God will seem like a poor second choice! When in actual fact, it was the most precious gift ever to be offered!
The real con is that we enjoy life here with all its trappings but run the risk of forfeiting the only life worth pursuing, life in glory with God and knowing His only Son, Jesus. Friends I believe in wealth and it being a by-product of a wholesome relationship with God. However, I recognise that even in the body of Christ we may run the risk of pursuing wealth at the expense of chasing the Giver of all things good, God the Father.
We run the risk of being deceived and miss our real wealth, Jesus Christ the hope of Glory.
God bless you.
Pastor Percival Dikobe
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