An English writer, Graham Dawson, has written on the necessity for Christians to be mindful of the spiritual importance of material things. The trouble with modern thinkers, he says is their failure to see the relationship between the two. As a result, they are hostile to the producer of wealth, and they favor expropriation as the means of helping the needy.
To the contrary, he says, “The creation of wealth is, indeed, the most fundamental social service of all. It is no exaggerations to say: Charity begins at work.” Thus Christians need to be creators of wealth in order to further the Lord’s work, materially and spiritually.
Life is our time for work, for “the night cometh, when no man can work” (John 9:4). The discipline of work is neglected in our day. It is tragic that in a time of greater prosperity than in a generation or two ago we have used that prosperity for recreational rather than Kingdom purposes. Men have shifted their priorities from the Lord to themselves.
It should not surprise us then, that we have today a society that is lawless. If men will neglect their duties to the Lord, they will neglect them to one another. We have the results all around us.
Our Lord declares, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness” (Matt. 6:33). As long as men seek first their satisfaction and their own welfare, the Lord’s work will suffer, and our fellow-men will be forgotten. Our priorities must be commanded by the Word of God.
A Word In Season, Vol. 3, ©2011
Chalcedon/Ross House Books