But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. 1 Timothy 6:9
In the fine print of every prospectus for an investment product is found some version of these words: “Past performance is no guarantee of future results.” Everyone who reads that disclaimer knows what the warning actually means: Just because this investment made money in the past does not mean it will make money in the future.
Why are investment products required, by law, to issue that warning to investors? Because people want to make money, to get rich. We are ready and willing to invest in something that was profitable in the past hoping it will continue its profitability into the future. But we must remember Paul’s words: The desire to be rich is a temptation and a snare; the desire to be rich is a foolish and harmful lust. There’s nothing wrong with investing wisely to be a good steward. But if we invest impulsively to become rich, we are yielding to a dangerous temptation.
We can’t take wealth with us to heaven—unless we’ve invested in heaven. The fruit of kingdom investments will yield glory to God for eternity.
A man is just as rich as his investment in the bank of heaven. Vance Havner