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What Your Money Can’t Buy

Introduction.  One of the most common temptations is that of a desire to obtain wealth.  Material things become a “god” to many (Ephesians 5:5).  All kinds of evil results from pursuing wealth, and one of the greatest is that our  eyes are blinded to the more important things.

The Lord considered this to be temptation to the disciples, so he warned them (Matthew 6:19-21).  Paul, guided by the Holy Spirit, warned us too (1 Timothy 6:9-10).  One must understand that money itself is not evil; it is the love of it that God condemns.  The word “erred” or “strayed” can also be translated “seduced.”  Therefore, it is possible to be seduced from the faith by love of money.

The last twenty years in our society have been very materialistic.  The first concern of many is “Which job will pay more?” and some people move with no consideration to any other matter.  Young people are urged to pursue careers with the greatest “advantages” or “marry  someone with a future,” but Lot made this same mistake (Genesis 13:12).

The Bible shows that making material goals our main concern, to the exclusion of spiritual, is foolish (Luke 12:16-21; Proverbs 23:4-5; Ecclesiastes 5:13-15).  One who has accumulates wealth is considered successful and wise by the world’s standards, but it may not be so by the Lord’s standards (Luke 16:15).  Let’s consider some things which money cannot buy.

  1. It Can’t Buy Good Character And Reputation
    1. Character is defined as what one is at heart, and is worth more than gold or silver (Proverbs 22:1; Ecclesiastes 7:1).  One can have reputation, and be hypocritical.  Character is the real person within, what God looks upon, what God knows us to be, not what others think.
    2. It is a great challenge to build character.  Time and careful forethought are required, but good character stays with a person.  It follows him wherever he goes.
    3. Some children are taught certain acts are wrong because society disapproves, not because God disapproves.  God sets the rules (Genesis 39:9).
    4. Right character and reputation gains the confidence of others, and influences them to follow you as you follow God (Philippians 3:17-19).  Those who live righteously and godly have opportunity to teach and influence others for good.  They can do this at every stage in their life.
  2. It Can’t Buy True Friends
    1. One cannot buy true friends with money.  The Proverb writer states that the rich has many friends, but they are not true friends (Proverbs 14:20; 19:4-6).
    2. Many have “fair weather friends.”  They are friends when things are going well, but in time of adversity, they vanish.
    3. A true friend loves at all times (Proverbs 17:17).  True friends are made, not bought (Proverbs 18:24).  This lesson is often missed by those who pity self because they have no friends.  Even those who profess to be Christians do this.  Service to others; interest in their welfare is what “wins” friends (Philippians 2:3-4; Acts 9:36, 39).
  3. It Can’t Buy True Happiness
    1. Many truly do not know what real happiness is.  It is often confused with pleasure or having fun.  The prodigal son thought that spending his substance on riotous living would bring him happiness, but this is for a short season (Hebrews 11:26).  Sexual pleasures, drugs, alcohol, etc., only provide a very temporary happiness.  Pain and misery often follows (Proverbs 5:1-11).
    2. Riches and wealth do not satisfy (Ecclesiastes 5:10-12).  How many people have you ever met that were happy as a result of their wealth?  Many rich people have expressed how unhappy they really are, even though they have riches (1 Timothy 6:6).
    3. Happiness is a result of God’s blessings (Psalms 144:15; Matthew 5:1-12; 1 Peter 1:8).
  4. It Can’t Buy Entrance Into The Kingdom Of God
    1. People can enter many earthy organizations by use of money, but money does not mean one thing in gaining entrance into kingdom of God (Acts 8:20-23).
    2. Entrance is open to all on same basis.  All must admit their own spiritual poverty (Matthew 5:3).  All must be willing to submit to God on His terms (Galatians 3:26-29).  All must be born again to see the kingdom (John 3:3-5).
    3. The final entrance into heaven is impossibly for those who trust in riches (Mark 10:23-25).  Some think they can prove the Lord to be wrong; that is, go to heaven in spite of their trust in riches.  They think that if they can find “a very large needle and a very small camel,” it will take care of it.
  5. It Can’t Buy One Day Of Life
    1. Most worldly people would give everything they possessed to live a while longer (Ecclesiastes 8:8).  However, the righteous are an exception (Job 2:4-5).
      1. In most cases, the wicked would not repent if they were given more time.
      2. If they haven’t obeyed God in the earlier years, they probably won’t on their death bed.  In most cases that fail to realize that they are on their death bed.
      3. Thus, why would God want to give them more time (2 Corinthians 6:1-2)?
    2. All material possessions are of no value when the time comes for spirit to depart the body.  Truly, “earth holds no treasures, but perish with using.”

Conclusion.  What is our attitude toward material things?  Are we seeking things money can buy, or things money cannot buy?  Are we striving to lay up treasures on earth or in heaven?

Seeking the treasurers and pleasures of this earth is a endless, worthless, endeavor that profits nothing.  They provide nothing of worth to the soul.  They will cause us to be lost.  Let us be wise enough to seek those things of lasting value, which bring true happiness and satisfaction, and which endure to everlasting life.

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