Luke 12:15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”
Matthew 16:26 What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?
2 Corinthians 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.
Our society thrives on the idea of getting rich. How do we make more money so that we can get more stuff? Well, I’m going to tell you a secret. There are two ways to become rich. Are you ready? 1. You have a lot or 2. You want little.
The problem is, society makes us think that we need more. We need a newer bigger house, we need a newer, nicer car, we need this, and we need that. Commercials and advertisements make us crave more than we have, and lead us to believe that what we have isn’t enough. The problem is that this line of thinking takes our eyes off of the provider and convinces us that if we just had more stuff, everything would be okay.
I work hard, and I make a good living, but without Christ I am nothing. I have nothing. But with Christ, I have it ALL! He provides all that we need, and many times, He gives us a lot of what we want. We need to adjust our way of thinking. Forget what society teaches us. We need to adjust our wants to our needs. If you’re wanting what you need, and you know Christ is going to provide for your needs, then your wants will be covered.
E. Stanley Jones tells about a poor man who had an overnight guest, and as he showed him to his humble bedroom in the hayloft, he said, “If there is anything you want, let us know, and we’ll come and show you how to get along without it.” I thought that was humorous, but there is so much wisdom in that statement. If we can get along without it, we probably don’t need it.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21. Where is your heart today? These earthly things that we collect are here today and gone tomorrow. In 10 years, that new car may be a bucket of rust. Earthly treasures will not last, but oh those heavenly riches, those will endure for ever.
We can spend our time chasing the dollar, or we can invest our time in everlasting wealth. Chase after our heavenly home and the riches we are promised. The poorest man on earth may be the richest man in heaven, whereas the richest man on earth may be bound for hell.
The most important asset we need is a relationship with Jesus Christ. He died on that cross to give us everything! He suffered so that we may have eternity in heaven. If we’ve accepted Him as our Lord and Savior, we automatically become children of the King, heirs to the throne of God. I don’t think we can get any richer than that!
Work hard, pay your bills, and take care of your family. That’s what we are supposed to do. But if we strive to put Christ first, all that other stuff will come so much easier! I am so richly blessed by my heavenly Father! Don’t you want to get rich too?