Don’t desire wealth

As John Piper had written in this entry, many are probably thinking about taking advantage of the volatile market to make a pile, but he warns: don’t desire wealth. It was like a bucket of cold water to my face. I think I do desire to be rich, but verse 9 says it without a shadow of a doubt: those who desire to be rich will fall into temptation that leads to ruin. Yes, there is more to life than earthly riches.

(original article here)

I can smell it. It’s like toast or steak or brownies. It doesn’t just draw our desire, it creates desire. Deep drops in the stock market make many people salivate. They know it will rebound. They are sitting on cash. By year’s end their pile could ride the recovery to riches.

For such people I have a word from God. The word is: Don’t desire to be rich. It will kill you. And in a world like ours many will probably perish with you. Paul’s language is more graphic than mine:

There is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.

But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils.

It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. (1 Timothy 6:6-10)

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