How much of our society today revolves around the desire for gain? Many people work, strive, scheme, and even steal to fulfill their cravings to have more. Modern day advertising fuels the fire by presenting products that will “make life easier” or “we simply can’t do without”. Christians are not immune from this get-more mentality either. The so-called “health and wealth gospel” holds that God�s abundant riches are there waiting to be asked for. What do you make of Phil. 4:19? �But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus�. It certainly sounds like God�s bounty is there for the asking. Notice, however, that the verse uses the word �need� and therein lies part of the problem. We tend to confuse needs with wants. Scripture acknowledges food and clothing as basic needs. To that we could easily add shelter, possibly a car or a truck, cooking utensils, tools, furniture…and all of a sudden our need list grows quite long. It becomes a want list when our perfectly good car needs to be replaced by a new one for no other reason than it�s new. How many times I�ve heard the phrase, �I’ve wanted one for a long time� concerning a recently purchased snowmobile, or boat, or hot tub, and yet, soon after there�s another need (want) waiting to be fulfilled.
By far, the item usually at the top of everybody�s list is money. Our very lives pulse around earning and spending money. And to some, having enough money is not good enough. Is there a point where one has too much money? �But they that desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil.� (I Tim 6:9-10) It becomes easy to indulge oneself in the desires of the heart if money is abundant and easily replaced. Reckless abandonment in those desires will eventually overwhelms a person, causing him to drown in his own excesses. Again, I Tim 6:7-8 puts it all into perspective, �For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content�. The bigger/newer car, the vacation home, the raise and bonus, are not evil in themselves, but to covet and lust after them is putting yourself on dangerous ground. You can�t take any of that with you, but your soul does carry one thing with it after death – it carries your life history. Remember Matthew 16:26, �for what is a man profited if he shall gain the whole world, a d lose his own soul?� All the money in the world will not buy you a second chance.