Are you rich?
by Shiju Vincent
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ď---Make money bags for yourselves that wonít grow old, an inexhaustible treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Luke 12:33, 34 HCSB).
People are anxious about their money matters. It is through money that we buy food, pay school fees and monthly bills, and there are lot more things which make money a daily necessity for everyone. In the parable of the rich man and Lazarus, the one who had all the comforts and luxuries of this world went straight to hell torment after death but the one who, covered with sores, left at the rich manís gate and longed to be filled with what fell from the rich manís table, whose sores were licked by dogs, went straight to Abrahamís bosom. Lazarus had stored for himself an inexhaustible treasure in heaven. When people do not have the true insight about the life after death, when they close their eyes to the realities of heaven, they may or may not be rich, but whoever, whether rich or poor, if he concentrates on worldly riches and despises the storehouse of heaven, he has no place with Jesus. Jesus never meant that rich people will go to hell and poor to heaven. But He teaches us that anyone who trusts in money and runs after it will have to stay in hell for eternity.
From where does the longing to be rich, in the worldly sense, come? No one wants to be poor. Everyone wants to send their children to good schools, colleges, give delicious and nutritious food for their families, have a house of their own etc. But the love for money comes when people get greedy to buy costly things. They do not have understanding. God wants that we be happy and satisfied with all what we have. The basic requirements of a healthy family life, education, food etc. will be met by our Heavenly Father. But denying the cross and running after worldly riches is a curse. It is good to have a car, if you really need it. But we Christians must understand here that we should not run after any luxury, any object, any matter that can ruin our relationship with God.
People today lean on expert advices about insurance policies, mutual funds, loans etc. for a dependable way of life. They do all that others do in order to be secure and sure. Do such people pray? I donít think so. Those who pray have faith in God and God alone. They do not need any expert advice but heed to the truth that is found in the Bible. Like Paul they count all the things of the world as filth. They are rich in the true sense. They do not struggle to store the luxuries that this world offers but patiently and eagerly wait to get their wealth which is stored for them, in heaven. Many thousands are realizing this truth and coming to the Lord Jesus Christ. Though it is true that money is a need, there is a deeper truth than finance, it is contentment of the heart. Our hearts will be there where our treasure is. If we have our hearts fixed in heaven, we are the most blessed people in the whole world. Yeah! True, money is a necessity but not basic necessity. Our basic necessity is faith in God. Faith is powerful than money. Through faith we get all things we need.
So, what is the insight we should have about worldly riches? We are stewards of the material blessings that God has given us. We should handle our finances with godly fear. When we look on money as per the guidelines of the Bible, use it for Godís glory, we are His pleasing sons and daughters. If we do not have this insight and give money more importance than God, however bank balance we might have, we are temporary rich people. Such a life is a complete waste. So we must be honest and content with our finances and store for ourselves riches in heaven. When the world now is lacking true wisdom about wealth, let us be satisfied and not lovers of money. To be a wealthy person needs lots of hard work, but to be content we need a powerful heart. We should work hard not for becoming millionaires but to become priceless vessels for Godís glory. True commitment and hard work cannot be measured with wealth. True riches lie in doing everything for Godís glory. We should focus on Godís glory whenever we do a responsibility instead of the limited satisfaction that worldly rewards can give.
So, to conclude, there are many needs, different needs for different people. But we should live by faith and not by sight. Living by sight is a lifestyle that trusts in wealth but living by faith is a divine lifestyle that knows the leading power of God. Wealth has its limits of providing, but God is unlimited. He watches fondly over those people who put their complete trust in Him. There is no other means to be rich, in the true sense.
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