Bible Verses

“But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction.” –
1 Timothy 6:9

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.” – Matthew 6:19

“Your gold and your silver have rusted, and their rust will be a witness against you and will consume your flesh like fire. It is in the last days that you have stored up your treasure!” – James 5:3

“The stingy are eager to get rich and are unaware that poverty awaits them.” – Proverbs 28:22

Christian Bible Lesson Overview

If gaining wealth is your primary objective, you may spend the majority of your time pursuing riches and miss the benefits of life.  We must be careful not to focus too much energy on working to earn money and miss opportunities to improve our lives by experiencing the companionship of other people.  This does not mean that you don’t work to support your family, it means that you have other priorities as well.

When you are near the end of your life, it is important to feel good about your accomplishments as opposed to having a lot of assets. 

Christian Bible Lesson For Today

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Randy was a family man with a wife and two children.  He felt it was important to have a nice home, a new car, and a large bank account.  Randy was a real estate salesperson.  He worked hard to earn as much money as possible.  He was successful, but that success required him to work weekends, nights, and holidays. 

The more money he earned, the harder he worked to earn more money.  He missed major events with his children like school events, birthday celebrations, and spending time with them.  He also had little time for his wife.  He wanted to have the latest electric car, he wanted to buy a larger home, and he wanted a large stock portfolio.  He continued to work more hours to gain as much wealth as he could. 

Then suddenly, Randy started feeling sick.  He had challenges breathing.  He made an appointment with his doctor for some tests.  His doctor told him that he had stage four lung cancer and there was little that could be done for him.

Randy was so depressed.  He never smoked and was careful what he ate.  He worked so hard his whole life to generate wealth and in a few months, he will lose it all. 

Randy kept thinking about what good are his stock portfolio, his large house, and new cars when he never spent any time experiencing the riches of life.  He missed his children’s major events while growing up.  He did not spend significant time with his relatives or friends.  His wife was not a high priority to him.

As Randy thought about his life, he realized he accomplished very little.  He spent most of his life pursuing things that will never improve his life.  His family would have been fine with a regular house and he did not have to have new cars every couple of years.  His previous cars would have transported him to where ever he wanted to go.

Christian Bible Lesson Summary

It is important to not be lazy and support yourself and those around you, but it is not important to accumulate wealth and ignore the rest of your life. 

When a person evaluates their accomplishment they should consider the impact they had on other people: family members, friends, and others.  Use your time to accomplish things that will help shape who you are, not how much wealth you accumulated. Think about how you affect the lives of other people and how other people affected your life. We all need to live together.

Published by Jim Brandt

Jim Brandt was an all-conference college football player and served as a Marine Corps pilot during the Vietnam War. He also started a software company and served as an executive for the fifth-largest bank in the United States. Brandt won the Democratic party nomination for Congress twice. He is married and has three children.

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