Our world is so upside down, back to front and inside out that we put great emphasis on the things that are the least important in life. We are born into a world that says, if you have great material possessions, you have ‘arrived,’ you are a ‘success,’ and are deemed more worthy than others. So, you spend your life, stressed, working every waking hour trying to earn the big salary and bonus; buying the latest fashion fad, the biggest house the fastest car. Now, just to be clear I am not saying we should not aspire to be the best we can, or that we should not aim high or try to achieve our dreams, or that we cannot be rich. What I am saying is we need to keep sight of what is important and not to get so lost in this mind-set that our health suffers, we become selfish and no longer care for others and their plights; and we should never, ever get to a point where we begin to worship the material things we have acquired in this life, because we cannot take any of it with us when we go. As a Christian we need to keep focused!
Being rich does not mean that your life is more important than anyone else’s, we are all the same in God’s eyes. We continue to breathe the same air, eat food and wear clothes; earthly wealth does not transcend you onto another plain, you are and will continue to be a human being. Your possessions cannot define you! Many people believe that Christians cannot or should not be rich, and of course that is rubbish! Christians can and are rich, but one thing we should not do is to worship the material things that we are blessed with. We should never lose sight of God’s purpose for our lives and what we are called to do. Our hearts should always remain with God. When He blesses us with wealth, He has a purpose for that wealth through us. God did not intend for us to accumulate great wealth and keep it to ourselves and our closest inner circle, spending the rest of our lives accumulating more and spending it on a hedonistic lifestyle… no! When we are being blessed abundantly, it is at that time the Christian needs to cling to God more than ever to spend it in a way that is pleasing to Him, to bless others, to do the work of His ministry and of course God wants you to enjoy life as well. But we can only balance these things if we remain close to Him and continue to allow Him to guide us.
I stated in my previous post that when we begin to plan for the future we should acknowledge that we have no control over it and we do not know if we will live to see it. Therefore, we should not be presumptuous in thinking that because we want it and have planned for it, that it will happen; for none of us know what tomorrow will bring. The Bible tells us, before we start planning for the future to speak to the Lord about it and tell Him if He is willing and you are blessed with life then you would like to do this or that.
The following parable found in the book of Luke 12:13-21 (KJV) tells us of a presumptuous and very rich young man, who thought he had a perfect and long life, after accumulating great wealth; not knowing that he would not live long enough to either.
And one of the company said unto him, Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me.
And he said unto him, Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you?
And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.
And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:
And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?
And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.
And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.
But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?
So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
In the scripture above, a man had great wealth and was selfish, he refused to share it with his brother. His brother too was covetous, so we have one who wanted what the other had and one who refused to share. The Bible confirms that a man’s life does not lie in the abundance of his wealth. The parable (a short story,) confirms that the rich man had so much wealth that he had to build greater storage facilities so he could store it, building himself a great empire. He also planned for years in the future but of course he did not know that the moment he finished storing his wealth he would die and never have a chance to enjoy it. This may seem far fetched but so many people do not live to enjoy their great wealth. You wouldn’t have to look very far to find proof of this!
Storing great wealth does not give us longer life, it does not buy us favour with God, we are not better than anyone else and when we die we have to leave it all here. The most important wealth to accumulate on this earth is spiritual wealth. It comes only from God and we cannot exhaust it. It starts with Love; loving God and loving others before yourself; accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour; having a real relationship with God and doing His will. Bursting with His Spiritual blessings and developing a Godly character. These riches, you CAN take with you when you leave here to go into the presence of God because these blessings are a part of Him. This will define you, the life you will lead and the life you will be blessed with.