Be Aware of Self-Seeking and Vanity : Bible’s Perspective on Wealth-Accumulation and Personal Achievement

By Margaret W. Lavigne 

Love of money is reprehensible to God. The Bible says, “No one can serve two masters” that “You cannot serve God and money” simultaneously (Matthew 6:24).It is true that “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21). Vanity makes anyone a fool. Vanity induces greed and pride. The Bible reminds us to “Be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions” because “He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity”(Luke 12:15, Ecclesiastes 5:10). It is evident that those who concern what others think of them than what they truly need do not live on their own terms. People can never live on their own terms if they tend to seek recognition from the group for a lifetime. 

The Bible warns human beings that “Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” (1 Timothy 6:9-10).The Bible reminds the rich not to “set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches” (1 Timothy 6:17). Wealth “will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle” if it is not utilized in good deeds and used in God’s service (1 Timothy 6:10). 

 

God demands us to renew our mind and live in accordance with 7 heavenly virtues rather than conform to the temptations of the “dark world” (Romans 12:1-2, Ephesians 6:12-16).

Ambition, Vanity and Pride

Self-seeking, selfishness and ambitious conceits are reprehensible to God. The Bible keeps accentuating the sins of pride, vanity and apathy. It’s worth noting that there will be “wrath and fury” for those who are “self-seeking” (Romans 2:8 ESV). Be aware of t he fact that those who seek wealth-accumulation for the sake of self-interest can’t have God’s blessing.

 

As to those “who has been given much,” “much will be demanded” (Luke 12:48). God wants us to “remember the poor” (Galatians 2:10). According to the Bible, those “who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves”(Romans 15:1).

 

According to the Bible, faith is dead  “if it is not accompanied by action.” (James 2:14-17). That’s why Jesus asserts that those who knows God’s will and does not do what the God wants will be beaten with more blows (In Luke 12).

 

According to the Bible, common character weaknesses of human beings include but not limited to pride, vanity, jealousy, anger, binge eating, lust, laziness, apathy, and love of money. Excessive desires , greed, suppressed anger, vanity, pessimism and  ingratitude are common causes of tragedies and regrets. That’s why the Bible keeps reminding us that “Be content with what you have” and “Keep no record of wrongs” (In Hebrews 13:5; 1 Peter 4:8).

 

What Does the Bible Say About Sharing and Helping? 

According to the Bible’s instruction, “do not forget to do good… for with such sacrifices God is pleased” (Hebrews 13:16). By carrying “each other’s burdens,” we fulfill the law of God (Galatians 6:2) The righteous God will not forget the love you have to his people (Hebrews 6:10).According to the Bible, “Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed” (Proverbs 19:17).

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