Pilot Knob Communiqué


I Timothy 6:9-10 “Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”

How much is enough? Just a little bit more. That is generally the attitude we as a society have embedded in our minds, and it’s not just with money: If you’re a collector, just one more; a farmer, just a few more acres; in business, just one more large order or one more store. This is our nature: just a little more than what we have.

Agur’s prayer in Proverbs 30:7-10 is worth contemplating; “Don’t give me poverty or riches.” I realize poverty and riches are relative terms that fluctuate over the years, but this is a point well taken. Agur is not saying it is wrong to be wealthy. The problem for many (not all), is that wealth can be a well camouflaged trap leading to senseless and harmful actions which can often lead to ruin. It’s not the money that’s the problem any more than guns are the problem with crime. It’s the attitude of those who have them.

It’s not an uncommon goal in life for some to become rich. That by itself is dangerous, for it can consume ones time and energy and it can lead to the neglect of other pursuits that are better and healthier. At the same time, a person’s wealth can be used to create jobs which helps others in need, contributing to the building of God’s Kingdom and thus storing up riches in heaven. Satan’s kingdom is well funded and we are called to invest in God’s work here at home and abroad.

The issue is not how much money one has or doesn’t have, for wealth can become an idol to the poorest of the poor. The issue is the heart. What is your first love: wealth or God? When focusing on helping others it takes our eyes off ourselves and directs them toward God and the needy. Then the selfish desire to simply to get rich diminishes and the Kingdom of God becomes our passion. Is serving Jesus Christ with all you are and all you have your passion?


 —Pastor Bob Snitzer


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