THE FOOLISHNESS IN THE PURSUIT OF WEALTH AT THE EXPENSE OF YOUR SOUL
Matthew 19:16 "And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?
17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
18 He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,
19 Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
20 The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?
21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.
22 BUT WHEN THE YOUNG MAN HEARD THAT SAYING, HE WENT AWAY SORROWFUL: FOR HE HAD GREAT POSSESSIONS.
23 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
24 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God."
Money, the Bible says "answereth all things" Ecclesiastes 10:19, and that it is "GOD that giveth power to get wealth" Deuteronomy 8:18. 3 John 1:2 "Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, EVEN AS THY SOUL PROSPERETH." The prosperity of the soul which far outweighs the physical prosperity of the possession of wealth and living in affluence have been misunderstood and misinterpreted today in the body of CHRIST, as more emphasis and hammering on bountiful giving to secure a place among the wealthy in the society is the order of the day in today's church. In fact, Philippians 4:19 which reads "But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus" have become one of the most popular scriptures today because it carries the message of abundant prosperity by GOD when you give to the work of GOD, especially to pastors which they usually seats on to spin money out of their member's vault using various tricks and techniques.
They say 'money move the world around' which means you can certainly do nothing without money. As true as this term may sound, you must however remember that even if you succeeded in acquiring the whole world and become the richest man on the surface of the earth in the Guinness book of record, you must equally bear it in mind that "naked you came into this world and naked you will surely return" Job 1:21. Hence the Bible asked: "For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" Matthew 16:26. Prosperity without the CROSS is a waste and such possessor will land in hell fire at his/her death despite giving to the poor around him, for salvation is not of works but by grace lest anyone should boast Ephesians 2:8-9. If you want to therefore secure a place of eternity in the kingdom of GOD, ensure that you have repented of your sins and have surrendered your life to JESUS CHRIST, and living a true holy and righteous life that pleases the LORD. Hebrews 12:14 "Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord."
When the rich young man was told by JESUS CHRIST to go and sell all that he had and come and follow Him for a better possession in heaven where there's no thieves, nor moth nor rust exist Matthew 6:20, he went away sorrowfully because of his stupendous wealth which he was not ready to give up for heaven. This is the state of many rich people today in the world, who are not ready to deny themselves of any worldly pleasure but they want to go to heaven. They will rather choose their wealth at the expense of their own souls. What a pity!
In Matthew 6:33, the Bible says "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." Instead of men today going after the primary thing in life which is to seek and find the kingdom of GOD in righteousness, they are rather going after the secondary which is the acquisition of wealth and other things that they so desired, forgetting that once you've gained the kingdom of GOD in righteousness, all other things will come as additional and you will certainly lack nothing good in this life as long as you do always the things that pleases the LORD.
In today's world, men go into occultism, armed robbery, kidnapping, contract inflation, public embezzlement, prostitution, falsification of records and documents, political thuggery, ritual killings, bearing false witness, subverting justice, impersonation, betting, gambling, gaming, shady deals, hard drug pusher, suicide missions, and all forms of evil and wicked practices, all in the name of making money. Dear friend, this money you are killing yourself to make will never satisfy your appetite and cravings for wealth no matter how much you may have it. Why do you want to lose your soul to hell fire all because of money?
1 Timothy 6:9 "But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows." Do you want your soul to be drawn away from snare, destruction and perdition in hell fire? Then, stop the love of money and choose to be contented with what you have. You will surely save your soul in so doing.
With the level of interest being put up to the acquisition of wealth by men, if such amount of interest is dedicated to the pursuit of heaven by men today through holiness and righteousness, hell fire wouldn't have enlarged herself. "Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it." Isaiah 5:14.
Why not call on the LORD JESUS CHRIST right now to have mercy on your soul and forgive your sins in trading your soul for the acquisition of earthly wealth, and He will forgive your sins. Remember, "For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and WITH THE MOUTH CONFESSION IS MADE UNTO SALVATION." Romans 10:10.
GOD bless you all readers in JESUS NAME. AMEN.