Psalm 49:6-9 “They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches; None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him: (For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever:) That he should still live for ever, and not see corruption.”
Recently, a man from my city won the lottery worth over $768 million dollars. He beat the odds of 292M:1 that he would get all the numbers right. Those are astronomical odds. Yet, there are those who play every day to seek their fortune by winning.
His life will forever be changed and historically, not for the better.
When I step back and view the things of this world as God would have me, I see money as a tool; a necessary element to live. Money, in and of itself is not evil – the love of it is.
1 Timothy 6:10 “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”
Many a saved, child of God has gone after this thing called money under the guise of doing it for God.
“If I win the lottery, I’ll give all my money to the church.”
I want to ask – ‘Do you give now?’
Others have begun businesses to be a vehicle to fund the work of God and succumbed to making work and their business their God instead.
When I read Psalm 49 today, I saw that phrase:
“…(For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever:)”
It brought all things into perspective.
I recently read an article on Warren Buffet. His meager beginnings and his pursuit of riches. He was and is a frugal investor and is praised for his philanthropy. His net worth is more than the GDP of the whole country of Uraguay. He is much sought after for investment advice as much of what he has done in his lifetime has been a success.
At the end of the article, he states, “I measure success by how many people love me.” One could say that money can buy a lot of friends, but in the end, God has the last word.
Psalm 49:11, 16-17 “Their inward thought is, that their houses shall continue for ever, and their dwelling places to all generations; they call their lands after their own names. Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased; For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not descend after him.”
Every man or woman has a soul that will go off into eternity to live or die – forever. The destination being Heaven or Hell – forever.
We cannot cheat death, though many have tried. We cannot buy our way, or work our way out of Hell. The price that has already been paid is precious – the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. His shed blood is the payment – the only payment – acceptable by the Father for us to enter Heaven.
True worth, then, can be measured by what is done for one’s soul.
To worry about money and my needs being met would be a lack of faith on my part. God has promised to meet all my needs.
Philippians 4:19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
We have two commands, given by God, to guide us in this life.
Matthew 22:36-40 “Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
The greatest demonstration of that love is found here:
John 15:12-13 “This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
As Jesus laid down His life for us, we too, are to do the same for those we are called to love. Selfishness would cry that others should do for us before we do for them. But, as God has commanded, it is not a conditional love He calls us to – it is an unconditional love.
True worth, then, is contained in the ability to love others as Christ loved us. For then, we will be loved by our Father in Heaven, and in laying down our life for others, we find that others will love us in return.