Let’s Get Rich !!
June 17, 2023
Let’s get rich! Sure, why not. Riches provide us with security; allow us to pay the bills; keeps us from the dreaded paycheck to paycheck that we all fall prey to. There was even a one hit wonder called “I Wanna Be Rich.” The lifestyle of the rich and famous sounds so great. But Paul tells Timothy in our verse to instruct the people not to “fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches.” Why are riches uncertain? This is a study of lottery winners done by a non-Christian organization called the National Endowment for Financial Education, “70% of lottery winners go bankrupt within a few years. Obtaining more money often leads to careless spending and the desire to get more money, and greed can be destructive to the lives of winners and their families.” Did you see that? Human nature dictates that those who get rich quickly spend it freely without care and others fall prey to the desire of having even more money, so they take risks. Also, getting rich causes some amount of greed, which can destroy a family. In other words, being rich can create all kinds of trouble and most people are not able to handle it.
When Jesus taught the story of Lazarus and the rich man, He gave no indication that the rich man struggled. As a matter of fact, it seems as if the rich man did well for himself. He lived the “American dream,” to use a modern expression. And to drive home the point, Jesus says this about the life of Lazarus, “And a poor man named Lazarus was laid at his gate, covered with sores, and longing to be fed with the crumbs which were falling from the rich man’s table; besides, even the dogs were coming and licking his sores.” (Luke 16:20-21) But roles were switched in the afterlife, for Lazarus was a believer and the rich man an unbeliever. This is what Jesus says as He describes the interaction between Abraham and the rich man in the story, “But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that during your life you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus bad things; but now he is being comforted here, and you are in agony.’” (Luke 16:25) The real problem is that if you are rich you can only be that way for no more than, what, 80 years?
I encourage you today, if you know Jesus as your Savior, you are already rich. It is not the same riches that you acquire in this life but can’t take with you in the next. These are riches that you will acquire upon death as the Lord Jesus welcomes you to heaven. These riches do not last 80 years, but they last for all eternity. This is why I always urge my brothers and sisters in Christ to serve Him in some capacity. Use your gifts in the service of the King and you will store up treasures in heaven!
‘69 / ‘76 Egg Harbor Twp NJ
Doris Jean H
‘ 44 / ’55 Manheim PA