May 23, 2022
Scripture Passage: Proverbs 13:7
Adrian Rogers says, “The measure of a man is what that man thinks about money.”
The Bible does not condemn having money, nor does it put a premium on poverty. But there are many Believers who do not understand the meaning of true riches.
Proverbs 13:7 says, “There is one who makes himself rich, yet has nothing…” This passage first reveals the poverty of the godless rich. There are several ways for a man to be wealthy in the eyes of the world yet have a poverty-stricken spirit.
Our lives are not a sum of our possessions; when we act as if they are, we’ll be empty.
There comes a point when all that we think we need is actually a burden rather than a blessing.
This consuming drive will control his character and distort his values.
We will not bring our earthly riches with us into Heaven. Anything of real value is of lasting value; the more we give of it, the more we have of it.
We cannot buy our way into Heaven. Our earthly riches will do us no good on Judgment Day; we cannot bribe the Judge.
Proverbs 13:7 also describes the prosperity of the godly poor: “...and one who makes himself poor, yet has great riches.”
Money is not evil, but it does not equate to godliness.
He has spiritual riches: being right with God, having hope, purpose, and peace in life. He has secure riches: the inheritance reserved for him in Heaven cannot be destroyed. He has a godly legacy to leave behind. Finally, he has satisfying riches, for his riches are found in the Lord.
Do you have true riches that are spiritual, secure, and satisfying?