Contentment: Are You Rich Toward God?
Jesus taught more about money than any other topic. He once asked his audience, ‘What does it profit someone to gain the whole world—and yet lose their own soul?”
God's Word points clearly to the only source of our hope in Christ.
The Bible reveals that:
- In uncertain times, we have an Immoveable Rock.
- In fearful times, we have a Fortress and Refuge.
- When the world is shaking, the financial markets quaking, and our trusted assets seem so fleeting—we have an anchor that can keep our souls.
Building for Eternity
I keep in my study a piece of one man’s dreams that was smashed into millions of pieces and did not survive. What am I talking about?
A year ago this week I stood on a low platform of rock that sticks out into the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Israel. That platform was part of a city named Caesarea Maritima, built by one of the most incredible builders of all time named Herod the Great.
The rocks I stood on were the just foundation of one of the greatest cities ever built. In 4 BC when Herod died his city Caesarea by the Sea rivaled Rome and Athens as one of the grandest and most beautiful cities in the entire world. But one part of the city was the grandest; it was Herod’s personal palace. It was on a point that jutted far out into the Mediterranean Sea. There he lived a life of unrivaled opulence. Not even the Caesars of Rome had 33 years of life at the top. And Herod lived every one of those days for himself.
His palace, in which I stood that afternoon, had been built from the most expensive and exquisite materials money could buy. Only the best for Herod, he lived for Herod; and a person who lives for themselves will always be surrounding themselves with more and more comforts, treasures and pleasures.
Herod’s hunger for pleasing himself was unimaginable and endless it seemed. One special part of his palace was varieties of marble he used to built with. All were imported and brought by ship to be used in his palace. Marble that was red, green, white, black, swirled and clear, all were brought, no cost was spared.
But on that day last year, all that I could find that was left of Herod’s huge palace he had built for himself -- were the scattered pieces of smashed marble that have been washing up on the shore for two thousand years since the Romans came and leveled the palace in 67AD. Herod lived for Herod, and people who live for themselves -- give to themselves all their best treasures, but not to God. And those people, and their treasures they have built do not survive!
Who are you and I living for? Herod like the Rich Fool in our text, both lived for themselves.
What kind of building materials are we producing? Are we using our lives making earthly palaces or are we sending our building materials ahead to heaven for our own dwelling place?
Who have we influenced spiritually to the point that they would welcome us into their eternal dwelling places?
To what needy people have we sacrificially given our resources? Apparently those whom we have influenced for Christ, directly or indirectly, will know and appreciate us and desire our fellowship in heaven. What a thought! This is encouraging both in light of saved family members, friends, and others we have impacted, and for many we do not even know who have been touched by our prayers, by our service, and by our financial giving.
One day money will be useless. While it is still useful, the believer with foresight will use it for eternal good. Why? Because, only God has given us the insight into how to prepare for eternity.
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