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In the reports in the gospels we read of a young man who... details logo The Good Seed - Thursday, April 28, 2022
by GBV Dillenburg GmbH
In the reports in the gospels we read of a young man who...

The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. ... But you ... flee these things.

What profit is it to a man, if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul?

1 Timothy 6:10.11; Matthew 16:26.

In the reports in the gospels we read of a young man who was exceedingly rich and, at the same time, of an exemplary moral standing, which is not always the case. What then did he lack? The decisive thing: eternal life. There he was, standing before the One who could grant it, Jesus, the Son of God. He needed to take only a single step, but he didn’t do so; instead he went away sad (cf. Matthew 19:22).

Now there is nothing wrong with being rich. What is wrong is: putting one’s trust in wealth instead of in God, who provides it, and giving it priority over the salvation of one’s soul for eternity, as that young man did.

Even a believer who knows that he is secure in God for eternity, but gives pre-eminence to his trust in his earthly possessions and is led by a love of money has made a mistake. If he gains in material things, in fact he loses in respect of spiritual things on every count: faith, hope and love, the great virtues of the Christian faith, all lose their value for him.

Faith has fewer opportunities to reveal itself effectively, if the morrow seems absolutely secure. Hope disappears, for whoever feels at home on earth will not be anticipating the Lord’s return. Finally, love turns cold, for the love of money, however it reveals itself, makes one selfish.

Remember our Lord, who “though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that you through his poverty might become rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9).

Today’s reading: Genesis 17:1-27 · Jude vv. 1-4


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