Led Away by Riches

lukewarmpicThe final church in the book of Revelation is the church of Laodicea. According to the Lord they were neither hot or cold and for this reason He would vomit them out of His mouth. Our culture has made it fashionable to walk the middle of the road, to be non-committal, but not so with the Lord. You are either with Him or against Him. (Matthew 12:30)

The problem of the Laodiceans was that they were materially rich. Riches usually lead to self-sufficiency. More often than not they lead people away from faith rather than to faith in the Lord. They blind people from seeing their need for God, which leads to failing to see their need for a Savior.

The world system has been created to focus you on material things. It defines success according to the size of your house, the kind of car you drive, and where you go on vacation. It never ceases to feed the flesh. The more you have the more you want. The vicious cycle never ends, unless…

…unless you realize your created purpose. Our purpose is not to serve ourselves but to serve God. He created us for a relationship with Him. He desires us to walk with Him, follow Him, and obey Him. Jesus said that you cannot serve both God and riches, because you will be loyal to one and despise the other. (Matthew 6:24) If you are seeking after wealth you’ll never see God. If you’re seeking after God wealth becomes unimportant.

Jesus told a parable of a rich man whose ground yielded much crops. Because he had no room to store them, he built another barn to store them so his future would be financially secure. But God said to him, “Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided? So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.” (Luke 12:16-21)

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