Thought for the evening
Some people think that wealth is about how much money you have but I will tell you it is not.
Real wealth is about how much love and compassion you have for the less fortunate and the most vulnerable and to really understand it you have to be like it. The wealthy in a financial sense can never understand what it is to be poor unless they become poor. Some of the wealthiest people are the ones with the warmest hearts. With hearts that reach out to the poor and the needy yet they themselves are poor and needy. Some are endowed with a generosity of spirit that I have not seen in many others. I’m reminded of the story of Jesus and the rich young ruler, how did it go.
The Rich Young Man
“Then someone came to him and said, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.” He said to him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; Honor your father and mother; also, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” The young man said to him, “I have kept all these; what do I still lack?” Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell your possessions, and give the moneyto the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” When the young man heard this word, he went away grieving, for he had many possessions and much wealth”.
See how difficult it what was for that rich young ruler to give it all up and follow Christ.
Today in our midst there are men and women of God who have given everything up everything they own all their possessions all their wealth to follow Christ. I have met some of these people and there is a tremendous serenity to them. A tremendous spirituality to them which sometimes I lack. They are no longer clinging to what this world has to offer, but they are clinging to what God has to offer. That message of salvation that comes through the belief in our Lord Jesus Christ.
They may have no material possessions but they got something which many of us lack, they have faith in something bigger than themselves, they have faith in God, they have faith in our lord and saviour Jesus Christ, they have faith in the empowering of the Holy Spirit. And do you know my friends that makes them the wealthiest people in the world.