Every day the mindset of valuing earthly wealth above everything, grab hold of individuals without the intention of letting go. The deception that success is defined by our material wealth is so powerful it makes people risk their families, their health, and their integrity. If you were to poll a group of people on what makes one a success, the top response would be related to material possessions, because society has determined without it a person is a failure. We must ask ourselves, What is God’s view of success?
Jesus answered this question through the parable of the rich fool. The parable described a rich man who acquired so much earthly possessions that he ran out of space to store them. The man decided to solve his problem he would tear down his barns and build bigger ones in order to maintain all he had. Once the larger barns were built, he concluded he was set for life. God then said to Him, You will die this very night. Then who will get everything you worked for? The issue was not that this man was rich, but he was labeled a fool because in his accumulation of earthly wealth, he failed to have a rich relationship with God.
Money and success does not become an issue in our lives unless it becomes the focus, drive, and purpose for living. God’s view of earthly wealth is not for bragging rights, but rather to share, so that the Kingdom of God prospers. If earthly success is all I have obtained, but my relationship with God is minimal to non-existent, then that is considered spiritual failure. We are to guard ourselves against all kind of greed, because life is not measured by how much we own, but by who owns and rules our life. If being pleasing to God is not what motivates us and directs our living, then all other things we are pursuing are pointless. Earthly success is meaningless if it leads to spiritual failure.
Scriptural Challenge: Write down the top five things that drive you in order of importance. Evaluate your list and rearrange if necessary with God’s perspective in mind.
Shad E. Comeaux lives in the Houston area with his wife Carranda. He is the author/founder of the Daily Inspiration Email Ministry and is the devotional editor for Brothaonline.com. An ordained elder he attends the Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Houston, under the leadership of Dr. D.Z. Cofield.