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財寶加增,不要放在心上

蕭壽華牧師

不要仗勢欺人,也不要因搶奪而驕傲;若財寶加增,不要放在心上。(詩六十二 10)

香港地產市場颳起一陣狂熱的炒賣風氣,一些已擁有物業的信徒或者會感到驚喜,畢竟,在短短數個月內自己的財富驟增一、二百萬;而一些在樓價急升前剛出售樓宇或未及購買的,也許會感到心痛不已,為自己平白損失了大筆差額樓價而後悔莫及。在各種驚喜及痛心的情緒之下,我們都在蠢蠢欲動,反覆思索:買樓?賣樓?換樓?炒樓?

我們當然可以為自己財富的增加而感謝神,然而聖經的話語清楚響亮地提醒我們:「若財寶加增,不要放在心上」(詩六十二 10)!為甚麼不要放在心上?為甚麼不要為財寶增加而「過分滿足」?因為財富原是「無定的」(提前六 17)。財寶可以瞬間增加,也可以轉眼即逝;財富不能買贖一刻生命,死之來臨,金錢便顯出它的無能(詩四十九 6-9)。財富也不能換取真實的愛情,「若有人拿家中所有的財寶要換愛情,就全被藐視」(歌八 7)。因此屬神的人不會讓財富的增加或消失「上心」,詩人說:「我的心默默無聲,專等候神……」「惟獨祂是我的磐石,我的拯救;祂是我的高台,我必不動搖。」(詩六十二 1、6)無論在任何的處境下,詩人單以神為他的倚靠,不容許財富的增減影響他對神的專注。

有報章的分析指出,市民炒賣樓宇並不是社會之福,炒樓致富的人並沒有對社會帶來貢獻;反之,不少付代價建立社會工商業基礎的人卻得不到相應的金錢報酬。這種不公平的社會現象,實在值得政府關注。

在神的眼中,急速發財的人並非真正有福。滿載智慧話語的箴言告訴我們:「誠實人必多得福;想要急速發財的,不免受罰。」「不勞而得之財必然消耗;勤勞積蓄的,必見加增。」(箴二十八 20,十三 11)人心急謀財利,要急速得到錢財,但由於得來容易,往往便失去一顆審慎運用之心;結果,在揮霍濫用的過程中引發生活上諸般問題,就被「許多愁苦刺透」了。屬神的人深明其中道理,因此縱然看見惡人常享安逸、財富加增,卻仍能以「親近神」為他們至高的益處(詩七十三 12、28)。

願我們在這個時代,仍懂得先求神的國和祂的義,每天享受祂不變的豐富。

(本文摘自蕭牧師著作《真正富足》,蒙宣道出版社允許轉載。)






Pastor's Sharing
Though Your Riches Increase, Do Not Set Your Heart on Them
Rev Gordon Siu

"Do not trust in extortion or put vain hope in stolen goods;
though your riches increase, do not set your heart on them."
(Psalm 62:10)

Hong Kong is in a frenzy of property speculation. Some believers who own properties may be amazed how, in the course of a few months, their assets have jumped one or two million dollars in value. Others who have just sold their properties or failed to buy before the boom may be greatly dismayed and regretful about the unexpected loss of a wide cost margin. In all the amazement and anguish, we are agitated, contemplating our next move: to sell, or not to sell? Change properties, or join the speculation?

We can certainly be grateful to God as our wealth grows. Nevertheless, the Scripture reminder rings loud and clear: "Though your riches increase, do not set your heart on them"(Psalm 62:10). Why? Why should we not be unduly satisfied with greater wealth? It is because wealth is "so uncertain" (1 Timothy 6:17). Riches can grow or dwindle in seconds. Money cannot buy a moment of life. Its helplessness is evident in death (Psalm 49:6-9). Nor can money buy true love: "If one were to give all the wealth of one's house for love, it would be utterly scorned" (Song of Songs 8:7). Therefore, those who belong to God do not set their hearts on the increase or decrease in wealth. The Psalmist says, "Truly my soul finds rest in God…." "Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken" (Psalm 62:1, 6). Whatever happens, the Psalmist relies on God alone and does not allow the growth or dwindling of riches to affect his focus on Him.

A press commentary has opined that property speculation does not benefit society. Quick earners do not contribute towards the community. On the contrary, many people who toil to build up our industrial and commercial foundation do not get a fair cash return. This unfair social phenomenon deserves government attention.

In the eyes of God, those who get rich quickly are not the blessed ones. The Book of Proverbs, with plenty of words of wisdom, tells us: "A faithful person will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished." "Dishonest money dwindles away, but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow." (Proverbs 28:20, 13:11) When the mind is set on quick money, man will not be careful spending what he has easily earned. All sorts of problems will arise from his spendthrift ways, and he will be "pierced with many griefs." The children of God understand this. So although the wicked ones are always free of care and go on amassing wealth, God's children can still consider it "good to be near God" (Psalm 73:12, 28).

May we in these times know we should seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and every day cherish the richness of God that does not pass away.

[The original article is excerpted from Rev. Siu's book's《真正富足》(Truly Rich), published by China Alliance Press]