What's your Motive?

Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 23

Gold Nugget
Verse 4-5: "4Do not overwork to be rich; Because of your own understanding, cease! 5 Will you set your eyes on that which is not? For riches certainly make themselves wings; They fly away like an eagle toward heaven."


Commentary
What are you working for? When we get up every morning and head to our jobs, what is or motive? There is a such thing as more than a man needs. Much of our work is to gain what we want above our needs. Is that wrong? Not necessarily. It depends on what are wants are. The bible issues some pretty harsh words for a man that refuses to provide for his family, so we need to be good providers. The concern here is what we desire above needs. I'll also go as far as saying that we need a measure of pleasure. I stress the word measure. When we pay thousands and even tens of thousands above what we need, just to satisfy the lustful flesh. We pay twice above the need for a vehicle or home, just to have something that we can use as a tool measure our status and worth. If a man makes $300,000 a year and drives a $20,000 car, the car isn't an accurate reflection of how much he makes. He needs to drive an $80,000 car and live in a $550,000 home so people will know what class of living he is. 

Many of us can look at those numbers and say, "He ain't talkin' about me." Many of us are living in the same cycle, just on a smaller or larger scale. The sin isn't the amount, it's the motive. Better said, it is the desire. Many of us would say that we are too poor to even register on the scale and therefore, this doesn't apply to us. Some of us are poor because we already have the deficiency in our hearts. Today's "gold nugget" says, riches certainly make themselves wings; They fly away like an eagle toward heaven. This leaves us broke, or the Lord prevents us from that gain because of His desire to keep us from our own self destruction. 

Prayer
Lord, measure my desires and motives. Remind me of how temporary this life is, and what a disservices we offer you when we waste our time and resources on selfish and wasteful living. If you so choose to bless me with resources above my needs, I commit to blessing others and meeting as many of their needs that I can. Amen

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