The Lord does not have good news when it comes to riches. We learn from Paul that the love of money is the root of all evil (1 Tim 6:10) and from the Lord that it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than to enter the kingdom of heaven (Mark 10:25; Matt 19:24; Luke 18: 25). Then there is this parable:
The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?
And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.”
But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
I don’t think we need to be rich to be in danger of falling into the trap this man set for himself. We only need to spend our lives in pursuit of wealth, make wealth and its obtaining and keeping, the desire and ambition of our hearts. I’m afraid should we do that we are all but lost. I find myself wanting that next gadget, that next trip to some exotic destination, that remodelled basement or a new Jeep. None of those things are bad but if I let those desires consume me I’m afraid I might find the gates of heaven a tight fit.
It is not money that is evil but “the love of money.” It was not the tearing down of his barns to build bigger that became the ruin of the man in this parable but his conceit “take thine ease, eat, drink and be merry.”
Paul tells us that: “though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.” Strange to think that one could give away all they have and still not have charity. It is not just the act then but also the attitude we need be mindful of.
You. like me, may be wondering as the apostles did “Who then can be saved?”
And here we are led to the simple beauty of the gospel of Christ. He proclaims: “With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.” Mark 10:27.