Wealth can tempt us to deny our dependence on God. Jesus told the rich ruler in Matthew 19:21-22, “if you want to be perfect, go and sell all you have and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” But when the young man heard this, he went sadly away because he had many possessions.” In response to the young man’s question about how to have eternal life, Jesus told him to keep God’s Ten Commandments. Jesus then listed six of them, all referring to relationships with others. When the young man replied that he had kept the commandments, Jesus told him that he must do something more-sell everything and give the money to the poor. Jesus’ statement exposed the man’s weakness. In reality, hi wealth was his god, his idol, and he would not give it up. Thus he violated the first and greatest commandment (Exodus 20:3; Matthew 22:34-40).
What is true wealth? True wealth is far more than material rewards. True wealth is what we gain when we give up what we have to follow Christ. Has the desire for wealth come between you and God? Jesus said in Matthew 6:24, “No one can serve two masters. For you will hat one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” Choose for yourselves today, whom you will serve.