I’ve always had a blurry outlook for how, as a person of faith, I should understand materialistic increase. Maybe you have too. In our society it is easy to fall right in line with the idea of “more”…”now”. And at times, not for any reason other than I want more or I must keep up with the Joneses.
What I’ve found in scripture is not a chastisement of “more” but a warning for keeping your waking attention towards what it calls “that which is not” – something you don’t have.
Proverbs 23:4-5(KJV) Labor not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom. Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.
The scripture reveals the question, “Why would you set your focus for something that 1) you don’t have at the time of desire and most importantly 2) will eventually leave you when you do get it?”
King Solomon, the author of the Proverbs and Ecclesiastes, calls this very real and natural human process meaningless – vanity. In fact he says that it is best to love what you do because that is the only true reward for your effort of labor(Ecclesiastes 2:10).
Loving what you do for a living. This is where your waking attention should be in your everyday life.
We know that life doesn’t always allow for passionate work to be the case for every person on the planet. I believe that that observation is why King Solomon calls Life, at his most depressed time in his gathering of wisdoms, meaningless.
Solomon reveals his thoughts further by saying,
Ecclesiastes 2:24 There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labor.
So what do I understand from King Solomon as it pertains to Work:
1) Love what you do
2) With the riches you do get, Enjoy your life
In the New Testament, Jesus proclaims in Luke 11:31 that “a greater than Solomon is here“, and Jesus says that eating and drinking is what all nations seek after, but that we should seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. What does that mean? I will pick up this implied idea of greed and life focus in Mile 37.
Til then, Love your work and Enjoy your Life