Money Can't Buy Me...
Psalm 49:6–11 6They that trust in their wealth, And boast themselves in the multitude of their riches; 7None of them can by any means redeem his brother, Nor give to God a ransom for him: 8(For the redemption of their soul is precious, And it ceaseth for ever:) 9That he should still live for ever, And not see corruption. 10For he seeth that wise men die, Likewise the fool and the brutish person perish, And leave their wealth to others. 11Their inward thought is, that their houses shall continue for ever, And their dwelling places to all generations; They call their lands after their own names.
Paul said, “I don’t care too much for money; money can’t buy me love”.
No, I don’t mean the Apostle Paul, Sir Paul said it, you know, Paul McCartney.
He was right on that wasn't he?
You can buy attention, but you cannot buy affection. There are many things money can’t buy, and love is only one of the most important on the list.
Money can’t buy me happiness.
Money can't buy me contentment.
Money can't buy me peace.
Money can’t give me the security the investment broker promises.
Most importantly, money can’t buy anything in eternity.
Heaven thinks so little of our currencies that they pave the streets with gold. Heaven doesn’t take Visa, MasterCard, or even American Express. What payment method works in eternity? Well, let's see.
Today’s reading from the Psalms tells of those who trust in their riches.
Psalm 49:6 They that trust in their wealth, And boast themselves in the multitude of their riches;
The passage proceeds to explain the most important thing money can’t buy.
Psalm 49:7–8 7None of them can by any means redeem his brother, Nor give to God a ransom for him: 8(For the redemption of their soul is precious, And it ceaseth forever:)
Money can’t buy a soul salvation.
A few verses later, the psalmist does tell us how a soul can be redeemed.
Psalm 49:15 But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: For he shall receive me. Selah.
Only one currency is accepted in Heaven, and the Apostle Peter told us about it.
1 Peter 1:18–19 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
The life’s blood of the Son of God was the only payment accepted to purchase our redemption. The day he died for us, he said, “it is finished” telling us our bill was paid.
So, if money means so little, why do I get so captivated with it?
If money can’t buy me, love, if money can’t buy me time if money can’t buy my redemption, then why do I care for it so much?
If Jesus’ sacrifice is the only thing that saves a soul, then why do I think of it so little?
Father, help me genuinely consider and say, “I don’t care too much for money; money can’t buy me anything eternal.”
My 2021 Bible Reading Plan
April 19, 2021