Solomon tell us “money answers to everything” and we follow him at great peril.
Attachment to mammon ends in sorrow
For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 1 Timothy 6:10
Godly riches are internal
But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. 1 Timothy 6:11
Enjoyment of life hardly needs mammon’s sorrows
Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; 1 Timothy 6:17
If we have few rich and highminded friends duty calls, and it is not to emulate them
If nothing was said about our cross-bearing we might justifiably excuse ourselves from being followers of the Lamb. We are on a battlefield that threatens our temporal life. Our trust for security and success are in-Christ graces. The conflict rages in the inner person as it gets less attention than the things that appeal to our appetites our our esthetic sensibilities.
Every desire is a potential assault
So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.
There are desires of the mind that we need to curb along with all the others of the “old man”.
Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.
1 Peter 2:11