In Mark 4:18-19 Jesus says that some people “hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.”
He’s describing people who don’t respond to God’s word and message because of three things. The one we’ll focus on today is “the deceitfulness of wealth.”
Yes, wealth is deceiving. But why?
Well, for a start, it can give you a false sense of security, it can make you think you don’t really need God as much as other people do, it can give you an inflated sense of importance, and it can make you confused about what truly has value.
Remember when Jesus said, “it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 19:23)?
There’s a story about a boy who went into a toy store and noticed that the owner was in the back, leaving it unguarded. It was an era when the price tags were written on paper slips and hooked onto objects with little strings. Because he was mischievous, the boy scurried about and switched all the price tags around, so something worth $10 was listed as 10 cents, and something worth 10 cents was listed as $10! The values were all mixed up.
That’s what “the deceitfulness of wealth” does; it confuses you about what the real values of things are.
Look around you. Some things seem to have value, but don’t. Some don’t seem to have significant material value, but do.
Faith matters. People matter. Love matters. Truth matters.
In the clarifying footsteps of Jesus, ensure the mighty dollar does blur your vision or direction.
Value most what matters most to God.
By Matthew Ruttan
–This devotional is based on Sunday’s podcast called “Does it choke it or stoke it?” You can watch or listen here. Enjoy!
–Bible quotes are from the NIV.