Pristine Grace

Desiring to be Rich
by William Tiptaft
Desiring to be Rich

    The way to heaven is strait and narrow, and Satan is an unwearied adversary, in disputing every inch of the way. You will be much despised and cast out for Christ's sake, and nothing will offend more than separating yourself as much as possible from carnal people. It is 'the life' which condemns the professing world

    When the world sees you unmoved by the riches and the pleasures which it so much adores; when you are led by the Spirit "to count all things but rubbish for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ"; you must expect then to bear reproaches from the Hagar race!

    There is but very little true religion anywhere.  It is a very narrow way to heaven, and if we enter in, it will be entirely by the grace of God. 

    It is very plain that the world is too much in the hearts of Christians, and Satan covers over covetousness under the name of prudence. How Christians compare themselves one with another, instead of with the word of God. But God has a people, whom He will separate from the world. 

    I am not heaping up treasures upon earth for moth and rust to corrupt. I feel thankful to the Lord I am so provided with every comfort in this world. I hope that He will teach me self-denial, that I may more liberally assist the poor and afflicted brethren who lack even the necessities of life. It is more blessed to give than to receive. 

    As a Christian, your mind will be much more easy the less you have to do with the world. Having food and clothing, be content therewith. Riches and cares choke the seed, and keep you from communion with God. "People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction." 1 Timothy 6:9

    Your kingdom is not of this world.

    If I love my money more than Christ, woe is me!