“His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” (Matt. 25:21)
It must be very difficult for the lost to face death, to finally come to the realization that they are breathing their last breaths, that they have only moments left, not years.
For those who have been extremely wealthy, in the highest positions of power both in industry and governmental affairs, it must be even more difficult, for they are now aware that all they have accumulated, all they have done will be left to another, and their only hope is that they have left their mark upon mankind. How much futility they will recognize of a life wasted when they open their eyes in hell I cannot say, but the Scriptures stand as truth. “The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.” (Prov. 10:7)
It is very difficult to reach these individuals with the truths of salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ, another truth we have been given, “And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” (Matt. 19:24) Because they have all that their hearts have desired, the world and much of what it offers.
That root of the love of money has a firm grip upon the soil of their heart.
So then, the question for you today in this short poorly written letter my friends is this, how much of this world do you want and how much of your time are you willing to sacrifice to get it?
Time is money it is said, the time that you offer up in your employment field, the time you spend on your investment portfolio, in your savings and checking account, how much of your time is given to the presumed security of financial stability, and how much to the Lord?
“I want to have enough when I get older.” Who says you will be alive tomorrow?
“I want to leave something for my children.”
I could offer you a myriad of excuses we all have used, but each one can be completed with this statement, “I am afraid of running out of money.”
“And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.” (Luke 9:58) The inverse of Matthew 25:21 is this, those who cannot be trusted with much cannot be trusted with little.
If you are indeed saved by grace, you will walk on streets of gold, you will never know need again, but I offer you this truth as well, “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:19) So, that money, is it for needs or wants, is it used to glorify the Lord or as a security blanket, do you trust in it or in God?
The love of money means the fear of not having money, and all that means a lack of complete trust in the Almighty.
I fear that locusts and honey, of being fed by ravens is not enough for most of us anymore, I fear we would complain if all we had to eat for breakfast, lunch and supper was manna. More here and then more when we get home.
Sometimes the Lord pays His servants with poverty, sometimes He leaves them at the gate of the rich man. There is an excellent opportunity to witness there, and again another truth may be revealed, “For with God nothing shall be impossible.” (Luke 1:37)