Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God.
—1 Timothy 6:17
Two friends were talking about a business entrepreneur who had just gone public with stock in his company. “I wonder what he’s worth now?” asked one. In most societies of the world, worth is determined by wealth. But if we take away the dollar signs, what something is worth becomes a very different question. Is something valuable because it is useful? Because of its ability to bring pleasure or prestige? Or perhaps because it is truthful?
The Bible gives us many insights into the real value of things. In our reading for today, the psalm writer prays, “Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain. Turn my eyes away from worthless things.” All our earthly possessions will prove to be worthless on the judgment day of Christ. In contrast, the Bible gives us the good news of complete forgiveness of sin and guaranteed eternal life. What can be more valuable than that?
We need to be continually reminded to see value from God’s perspective, because worshiping wealth remains a powerful attraction. Jesus himself warned us, “You cannot serve both God and money” (Matthew 6:24). Instead, he told us to store up treasures in heaven.
Lord, keep me from wanting to get rich. Your Word says it’s a trap that can ensnare me with harmful desires that will plunge me into ruin. Satisfy me with the supreme value of your Spirit’s presence. Amen.
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