伝道者の書 5:10 金銭を愛する者は金銭に満足しない。富を愛する者は収益に満足しない。

What we set our hearts on makes all the difference in the world. God has provided a wide variety of things in the world for our enjoyment, but when we set our hearts on those things instead of on God, we lose real peace and joy. As Paul said, the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil (1 Timothy 6:10), but that doesn't mean that money in itself is evil. It's like sex, which is a beautiful gift from God given for our blessing, but which has been horribly twisted and distorted to become another “root of all kinds of evil.” One problem with anything temporal is that it is finite, meaning that there are always limits, and our ambitions and lusts aren't satisfied with that. It is only when our hearts, our desires and longings, are fixed on God who is infinite that we experience real satisfaction.
When it comes to money, an incredibly rich man was once asked, “How much is enough?” His answer was straight out of this verse: “A little more.” The same thing applies to everything temporal, which is why Buddhism teaches that the way to peace is the elimination of all desire. What Buddhism doesn't teach (in fact they specifically deny it) is that there is an infinite God who loves us infinitely. When our desire is fixed on Him, there are no limits. Jesus wasn't just talking about material supply when He said, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33)


I have done my share of lusting after the things of this world, and it has never brought me more than temporary enjoyment. However, when my heart has been turned and tuned to God, not only have I had peace and joy that are otherwise unobtainable, the material things have actually been more enjoyable. That defies human reasoning, which makes it a difficult thing to teach. I think it's part of what Jesus was talking about when He said, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.” (Matthew 16:24-25) Of course eternal life is the primary focus here, but even our life on this earth is included. I have no wisdom or persuasive ability to get that through to people in the face of all the lies of the world and the devil, but if I will maintain focus on God in my own life and stay submitted to Him, He can and will use me to bring others out of the traps of the devil into His eternal life of abundance.


Father, You keep giving me glimpses of the incredible riches of glory that You have laid up for us. Thank You. Help me indeed maintain my focus on You, even in the face of all the distractions that assault me constantly, so that I will be able to delight in the intimacy with You that You desire and intend, drawing many more with me into right relationship with You, for Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!


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