Matthew 13:22. “He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word.”
Riches as thorns? Really? Who among us wouldn’t dearly love to be rich? Some can handle it–being a believer and having great wealth. Others, however, find that the cares of the world, of life, and of all those riches eventually choke the life out of the seed. Once again, there is no fruit.
I have deep concerns over the “prosperity gospel” that has been with us for some time now. I don’t believe that God called us to be wealthy or to be poor. I believe He will provide our every need, as He has so often done in the history of my family. We aren’t rich by worldly standards, but we’re rich in faith, in hope, and in love. We have eternity waiting for us where there will be no end to joy. What more can we ask?
Don’t be caught up in a theology, and I use the word loosely, in which gain is the primary reward. That is not what Jesus taught.