The Search for Significance

The one who loves money is never satisfied with money, and whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with income. This too is futile. Ecclesiastes 5:10 HCSB

Everyone needs money. We may need money to pay an electric bill, water bill, garbage bill, cable television bill, a house mortgage, a car payment, gas for a car, clothes, and last but not least, food. These may be some of our basic needs. Additionally, we may believe we need money for a boat, hunting gun, golf clubs, or other recreational interests or hobbies. The list of ways we can spend money could be endless. Some people have more money than others due to the jobs they have, the culture they live in, or a sum inherited from relatives. Although money is certainly necessary, it seems that too many people have made money their god. They relentlessly pursue earning more money often at the cost of relationships and health. No matter how much money a person has, he seems never to be satisfied; there is always a desire for more.

Solomon was the wealthiest man alive and had everything anyone could possibly want, but he came to realize that money and wealth did not satisfy. No matter how much he gained, it did not bring any true happiness or satisfaction. He understood that the pursuit of money was futile. There is nothing wrong with having money. Often God blesses people with money so they can bless others. We need to be careful however, that we maintain our priorities and that money does not become a god in our lives.
Challenge: Make a list of the things you value most. Surely you will include your family, God, and your church, but what you spend your money on is usually what you really hold in high esteem. You will spend money on those things you value. Examine your heart and determine if you pursue the acquisition of wealth more than you pursue God. Paul warned us in 1 Timothy 6:10 that the love of money is the root of all evil. Pray that God will help you keep your priorities straight and to use your money wisely to bless others when you have an opportunity.

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