When you think of great wealth, who comes to mind? Bill Gates? Martha Stewart? Donald Trump? And then again, some of us don’t have two nickels to rub together.
I have a philosophy that goes, “If I have even one dollar left over after I pay my bills, then I am in the same category as the afore-mentioned. I have enough.”
Jesus also has a saying, “Do not store up treasures on earth, where moths and rust destroy, and where robbers break in and steal. But store up treasures in heaven, where moths and rust do not destroy, and where robbers cannot break in and steal. For where your treasure is, so your heart will be also.”
If this is the case, then many of us are indeed very wealthy; and this wealth is for keeps! Our souls live now and into eternity, and the wealth we store up in the Kingdom of God we probably take to our graves and with us into Heaven. Our spiritual growth is a fortune we CAN take with us!
I cannot over-state how richly I have been blessed in my walk with God. But these blessings did not come without a price. In the course of my life I have lost relationships and I have seen reversal of fortune in the process of becoming the individual I am today. I have grown with Christ. Each and every day I tap into the spiritual riches I have come to experience in Christ.
No, by earthly standards I am not as wealthy as Oprah Winfrey, yet I would put my fortune next to hers, and it is definitely not lacking. I would not see myself as having any less than she has.
The acceptance, the love, and the re-assurance I experience through my walk with Jesus is the treasure I know beyond a doubt that I will bring with me into my eternal life.
And to top it off, I will leave a legacy with my children that may help them in their Christian walk. Have faith!
P.S. The scripture used is paraphrased from Matthew 6:19-21.