Read Psalm 49:5-12. 5Why should I fear in times of trouble, when the iniquity of those who cheat me surrounds me, 6those who trust in their wealth and boast of the abundance of their riches? 7Truly no man can ransom another, or give to God the price of his life, 8for the ransom of their life is costly and can never suffice, 9that he should live on forever and never see the pit. 10For he sees that even the wise die; the fool and the stupid alike must perish and leave their wealth to others. 11Their graves are their homes forever, their dwelling places to all generations, though they called lands by their own names. 12Man in his pomp will not remain; he is like the beasts that perish.
He sure makes it sound so absurd doesn’t he? Trusting in wealth and boasting in riches. Everyone dies. The wise, the fool, and the stupid. The only land you can own forever is the grave you’re buried in. No one can take it with them. And in the end we are all just like the homeless beasts. If you live long enough you lose everything.
Yes, the pursuit of money is existentially absurd, and yet we all fear what it costs to not have more money and we ignore what it costs to gain more money. Sure, the rich cheat us, but who doesn’t want to be just a little bit more rich.
But why? Can wealth ransom someone’s life from the wage of death? Can it buy back the life of your loved one? Can the pit be avoided with a generous enough donation? Can you buy eternal life?
But Christ did.
Matthew 20:28. the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
To live is Christ is to transfer all security from the accruing of wealth to the worship of him. It is to stop imagining your life with just a little bit more, and to start imagining it with all that is his.
Prayer. Jesus, you are the only one who can ransom a life, and you did. You gave God the price of your life. May this forever change how I see the value of my life and the value of my money. Amen.
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