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Do not be overawed when others grow rich, when the splendor of their houses increases; for they will take nothing with them when they die, their splendor will not descend with them. Though while they live they count themselves blessed—and people praise you when you prosper—they will join those who have gone before them, who will never again see the light of life. People who have wealth but lack understanding are like the beasts that perish.
Andrew Carnegie, Henry Frick, and Thomas Mellon were three Pittsburghers that made lots of money. Do you have any idea how much these three left collectively when they died? All of it. They left behind every last penny!
Today’s passage is a needed reminder. Don’t be impressed by wealth and big houses. Don’t be impressed with position and power. The rich and poor will join those who have gone before them. They will “never again see the light of life.” The will “take nothing with them when they die.” Wealth without spiritual understanding is useless.
Spiritual understanding, however, changes everything. When we have a relationship with God through Jesus we gain a proper perspective of money. We learn that God owns everything. Everything we have is a gift from Him. Everything He gives us should be used for Him. The believer doesn’t love money. The believer loves the great blessing they can be by using God’s gifts for God’s purposes.
Father, remind me often of this truth. Help me not be impressed by money and all that money buys. Help me use the resources You provide for Your purposes. May I be a good and faithful manager of your money. In Jesus’ name. Amen.