Wednesday’s Word

Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the LORD all the day long (Proverbs 23:17).

Our Lord said: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also (Matthew 6:21).

Who is your hero? We often think of questions like this, as being asked of young people; but, older people also have those to whom they look and whom they desire to mimic. Do you look to the people of the world and see the “trinkets” and possessions they have? Do these things call out to you? Are you desirous or envious of the lives of the world and the possessions of the world?

“Things” are not inherently wrong; having things is not inherently wrong. The way things are gained may be wrong and the sacrifices made to gain things may be wrong. Number one: remember, that those of the world are lost and unless they repent and obey the gospel, they will be lost eternally.

Thus Jesus asked: For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul (Matthew 16:26)?  As a child of God, what are you willing to sacrifice so that you can be more like the world? On the day of judgment, what do you think the world would sacrifice to be more like the faithful child of God?

If you gain the whole world, one day the whole world will be utterly destroyed. Therefore, Jesus commanded: Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal (Matthew 6:19-20).

Moses recognized the things offered by Egypt as being temporary and the things offered by God as being eternal. This fact still remains true: the things of this world offer temporary pleasure; the things of God offer eternal pleasure.

It is a certainty, that the Rich would have sacrificed all in order to gain abode with Lazarus in Abraham’s bosom and relief from torments (Luke 16). That is exactly what his salvation would have cost him. The rich man was not lost because he was rich; the rich man was lost because his riches were his god. For him to be saved, he needed to turn to the true God; for him to be saved, his heart had to seek first the true God; for him to be saved, he needed to serve the true God, not the god of this world.

Do you envy the rich man, until he opens his eyes in torments? To follow in the footsteps of the rich man in this life, is  to follow the footsteps of the rich man into his eternal destination. “Let not thine heart envy sinners.”