LUXURY, NICE THINGS, BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE, HIGH CLASS, UPSCALE, FASHIONABLE, RICH, …
I grew up in an ecclesiastical culture where money was not glorified. Even as a teenager I was puzzled as to why we didn’t have what other kids had; big homes, etc., etc. A few years of my childhood we lived with my grandpa. He was rich, but no one knew it. My dad was an evangelist and most of the time, pastored a church. It seemed as though we were “pore” as Job’s turkey. Grandpa gave my folks money from time to time, but my mom and dad gave it to the church.
When in college I yearned for nice things and I worked my way through by singing/entertaining, meeting people with unbelievable wealth; met and stayed in the home of the largest school bus manufacturer in America, sang at Winston Rockefeller’s ranch, R. G. LeTourneau (inventor and builder of huge earth-moving machines), and met old Sam Walton. I wanted to “be somebody.” In recent years I’ve stayed in the homes of the internationally famous – wealth beyond what the mind can conceive.
“‘Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place even to lay his head.’” (Luke 9:58) If Jesus was poor, why did he say so much about money and the things money can buy? In fact, there are more than 2,000 places in the Bible where money and stuff-stuff is mentioned. A rich kid came to Jesus and asked him what he should do to be saved. Jesus told him to sell his stuff. “Ooooooh nonono!”
You see, Jesus is challenging us the get our PRIORITIES straight!
“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” (esv)