And the disciples were amazed and bewildered and perplexed at His words. But Jesus said to them again, Children, how hard it is for those who trust (place their confidence, their sense of safety) in riches to enter the kingdom of God. Mark 10:24 (AMP)
Have you ever wanted to be rich? The world strives after riches, wealth and fame. Who wants to be a Millionaire? How did you get to be so rich? There are programs airing daily highlighting only the rich and famous. We have grown up in a culture that values stuff and a lot of it!
Many times, we compare ourselves to see if our house, our car, our husband, our children and our career measure up to the world’s standards. Do we go to the right school, live in the right area of town or belong to the right organizations? Can we drive the best, wear the finest and look like we just stepped out of a magazine? If we use the world as our measuring tool…we can sometimes feel stressed and come up short and be sorely disappointed.
Consequently, I have seen people who have all the toys, the career, the prestige and fame, yet still surrounded by heartache and tears. They anticipated their tangible items would be the answer and help fill their empty hearts. We have been bamboozled to believe that the truth is what we see and what we acquire. My youngest daughter struggles with wanting to be rich. She feels that success and being rich means having the ability to do, go and get anything she wants regardless of the price tag. Again, it comes back to empty riches and the emphasis of just where is our treasure anyway? I keep telling her we are rich. We are tremendously rich because of the friends and family that are in our lives. Rich with memories and stories of the past that help strengthen us for the future. Rich, knowing that Christ gave us everything and sealed it with His blood in order to offer us eternal riches, salvation and more.
Spending time with God and focused on His Word allows us to dig and find precious treasure. The treasure of Heaven won’t ever fade, tarnish or lose its value. We can only take one thing with us to Heaven…and that is each other.
Help me to value the treasure of God’s Word and share it with others!
Joy Ware Miller