“As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.” 1 Timothy 6:17-19
How much do you need to be considered rich? How much would you need to be consider richer? And how much would you need to be considered the richest? Than more importantly, how much do you really need?
In the western culture, we are quickly evaluated on the value of our toys. To acquire a house, purchase a car, or simply to take a 2 week vacation in Monte Carlo takes a certain amount of wealth. Yet how come when we generally speak about being rich we associate it with material prosperity?
God loves both the rich and the poor. You can’t make God love you more by being richer or poorer. In fact, being rich or poor may prevent you from drawing closer to God. The writer of Proverbs 30:8-9 states: “give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me, lest I be full and deny you and say, “Who is the LORD?” or lest I be poor and steal and profane the name of my God.”
Most of us would agree that life is easier with riches then without. Whether we are speaking about money, food, shelter, and clothing, the more or better quality, the more comfortable life becomes. On the other hand, what about love. There are those who would trade-in all their personal wealth for one person to love unselfishly.
There are those who would trade-in all their wealth for a healthy body that allows them to experience full activity of their bodily functions. My mother would continually preach to her children and friends that without good health, you are limited in what you can do on a daily basis.
As we age, most of us look back at life and realize that the most important relationship we truly wanted was never the one we wholeheartedly pursued. It generally takes many years of hard knocks, broken dreams, and hurtful relationships to arrive at the realization that to know God is the primary purpose of life.
When the Triune God becomes the center of ones being, one truly experiences more than physical wealth, health, or whatever can provide. To know Him, not theoretically or as an idea, but as a being with loving passion, righteous character, life-giving values, and meaningful purpose, makes one fall in love each and every day. When one set’s his heart and treasure for a deep, abiding relationship with the divine creator, one truly comes to know what it means to be rich, richer, and richest in the Kingdom of God.
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