You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich. [2 Corinthians 8:9 (NLT)]
Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures. The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. [John 10:9-11 (NLT)]
Psst! I’m rich but, please, don’t report me to the IRS. If you tell them, they’ll want their ever-increasing percentage and it’s simply nor theirs to take. The riches I have won’t pay politicians’ salaries, build highways, or purchase helicopters. My true wealth has nothing to do with bank balances, investment strategies, or real estate holdings. It can’t be held in a bank or spent at Bloomingdale’s or Saks.
I have a sense of peace that far surpasses anything one gets from having enormous assets in a brokerage account. I have a joy far greater than one could ever get from being listed as one of Forbes magazine’s richest people. I have a better future than someone possessing a hefty IRA or annuity fund. I am loved better and forgiven more than the richest person could ever be by his hopeful heirs. I am blessed beyond belief.
You see, I’m enjoying the riches that come from a relationship with God. Moreover, I don’t have to call my broker regularly, check my bank balance, read The Wall Street Journal, or worry when the market crashes. All I have to do is realize my need for God, admit my sinfulness, and receive Jesus Christ as my Savior. Instead of calling my banker, however, I am expected to keep in touch with God through prayer. Rather than poring over financial news and stock market data, I am expected to read His word. Instead of listening to my financial advisor’s advice, I am expected to follow that of the Holy Spirit. If I do all of that, not only will I maintain the riches I already have, but my riches will continue to increase (and all with no tax consequences)!
Want to be rich? Count your blessings! [sign in front of a local church]