from Called to Conquer by Bishop Eddie Long
Friday, December 16
Riches Come and Go, but Kingdom Wealth Is Forever
Today’s Scripture Reading: Proverbs 3; Matthew 6:19–21
Key Verse: Matthew 6:19–21
Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
How do you bless your family and think generationally? Most of us think we do so with our wealth and riches. What is the difference between riches and wealth?
We all have wealth, but some of us have more riches than others. Riches are the perishable things, the temporary assets that Christ warned us about in the Word. Jesus warned us not to get hooked on money. We should use money as a tool, but when we let it get the upper hand it becomes a god to us.
Unfortunately, many parents train their children to go after stuff. Part of our ongoing spiritual anxiety is rooted in our resentment that God has not blessed us with all the money that we think we should have. God does not want us to focus on gathering material possessions because they usually end up possessing us!
People without ethics or morals can gain riches. I am afraid that many Christians would have to say yes if I asked, “Do you have any ‘hot’ or stolen items in your house?” You see, “good deals” become hard to pass up once your heart is hooked on accumulating more stuff. That addiction to acquisition can quickly lead you down the wrong path and into sin.
On the other hand, we can gain wealth only through skill, spiritual knowledge, and character development. In fact, true wealth comes only through our obeying God and doing what God has ordained for us to do as stewards. Wealth is what we pass on to our children, and it has far greater merit than riches. Worldly riches are fleeting, but kingdom wealth is eternal.
Pray with me:
Father, it is clear to me that I need to make some course corrections in my life. My heart is right, I do want to bless my family; but I admit to You that my methodology is all wrong. I have been going for stuff instead of true wealth. Holy Spirit, teach me how to gather wealth that will not fade with time or changing economies. Teach me how to acquire things that I can pass on to my children, things that really matter in the kingdom of God. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.