The Bottom Line
Monday, August 28, 2017
An inheritance gained hastily in the beginning
will not be blessed in the end.
What does Solomon mean by an inheritance gained hastily? He could mean wealth without work. The rich kid who inherits a fortune. Winning the lottery. Wealth without work is not blessed in the end because it distorts the relationship between work and wealth. Money means more when it’s hard-earned.
Or, Solomon might have the Midas-touch in mind. The mogul or the wunderkind who touches anything and turns a profit. But the Midas-touch isn’t blessed in the end either, because it makes wealth an idol and material success a sign of God’s favor.
Or, Solomon could mean hook-or-crook profiteering. You know—when “the-bottom-line-is-the-bottom line” mantra sacrifices people and stifles the conscience to make a buck. Hook-or-crook profiteering isn’t blessed in the end either. Woe is you, says James to the rich who live in self-indulgence: Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you For the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, are crying out against you (James 5:1-5).
How we think about money is simply an extension of how we think about God. If pleasing God is the bottom line, money won’t be. If the glory of God matters above all, having much will matter very little. And if our aim is to please Him in all things, we become stewards not owners of all we have.
Welcome to Christ Church this Lord’s Day. Truly, O Lord, it is well with the man who deals generously and lends; who conducts his affairs with justice (Ps. 112:5).
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