• William T. Howe Ph.D.

December 1, 2021

Daily Reading: I Corinthians 9-11

I Corinthians 10:24

Let no man seek his own, but every man another's wealth.

What? Really? I am supposed to seek every other man’s wealth and not seek my own? This flies in the face of all human tendencies. Radical, I say.

But wait. Think about it like this. In a perfect world, where every single person loves the Lord and lives up to the teachings, commands, principles, and instructions of the Word of God this would be wonderful! It would assure my wealth. For, which is better, one person, me, seeking my wealth or multitudes seeking my wealth. One or many. Even a person with a Georgia public school education knows that many are better than one. Every family member, every merchant, every lawyer, every politician, every friend, seeking the wealth of every other person. What a wonderful world that would be. There would be no enemies, no crime, no violence, none! Every person would be living for the wealth (not only money but well-being too) of others.

But we do not live in a perfect world. Many may find relief in the fact that we don’t. They are convinced that because no one else lives according to today’s verse that relieves them from doing the same, but it doesn’t. Just like turning the other cheek is not contingent on others turning their cheek. Loving one’s enemy is not contingent on the enemy returning that love or forgiving only those who also forgive. Nowhere in the Bible are its commands contingent on everyone else keeping them. Quite the contrary. You see, obeying the Lord’s teachings when no others do, that is what sets His people apart.

So, who will seek your wealth if you set out to seek the wealth of all others? The One who gave the command. The Lord God in Heaven. That would not be many seeking your wealth, it would be one. But what a One! The One giving the command will see to it that you have everything you need, want, and desire for His Word promises such. The choice is: seek your own wealth, letting everyone else do the same, or not seek your own wealth while seeking to assist others in the wealth area knowing that the Lord will seek your wealth for you. When you think about it, there have been ample examples of individuals working hard to make others rich, which in turn have enriched them. Loving parents are an example. Pastors are an example; in yesteryear many extremely rich industrialists could be put on the list of those who set forth to enrich all around them.

What a wonderful purpose in life, to seek the wealth and betterment of all others instead of self.

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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