Pastor Mark Jeske
It is a fantasy of lazy people that economic wealth and success occur for other people because of luck, destiny, or cheating and that their own personal effort, therefore, is pointless. They deny the cause-and-effect link between work and personal wealth and so as a life strategy try to devise ways of tapping into what others have built up.
The Bible’s warnings about greed and materialism are always timely. The love of money will indeed always be a root of all kinds of evil. However, that doesn’t mean that exerting energy, working hard, intentional and disciplined saving, and careful investing to accumulate wealth are bad things. In fact, Scripture teaches us, “Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth” (Proverbs 10:4).
The Lord has severe words of judgment about abusive and stingy rich people, and he most certainly watches out for the poor, but that doesn’t mean he sanctifies poverty as a life goal. Laziness is sin. Work is godly, for God himself works every day, exerting his mind and power on behalf of people he loves. Accumulated wealth means your children and grandchildren won’t have to beg for food and shelter, means that there is money for somebody else to borrow to finance a home, means that there is money to borrow for someone to start or expand a business.
Means that the next generation of young people can find a job.
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