“Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions” (Luke 12:15)
Many people, including Christians, are after what they see as wealth, yet true wealth is invisible. Even Satan tempted Jesus with those perishable things of the world that we sometimes see as wealth: fame, material possession, etc… The Bible says: “The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. If you worship me, it will all be yours.”” But “Jesus answered, It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’”
My brother, my sister, let’s learn from our master that true wealth is tied to our relationship with God. You will truly live a fulfilled life if you know God. For it is with Him that the true treasure will be found. So don’t waste the short time God has given you by amassing eartly wealth. Rather use this time to amass the knowledge of God’s plan for yourself and for this world. My friend, think about this: after all, when a man is stripped of all the worldly wealth so that he only possesses what he had when he was born, will he be poor or rich ? The day of judgement is coming when God will reveal the real poverty or wealth of each man who lived or has lived on earth.
Time flies and the Lord’s Day is getting closer, so do not waste time worrying about the things of this world, but instead use the time you have to prepare for Christ’s return. Do not fall into the traps of the enemy because you see the others as if they are moving forward where you seem to stagnate: you don’t have all the details of how they are doing it and you don’t know if God approves of everything they do or possess. Zacchaeus was a rich man, but most of his wealth had been stolen from others, and when the truth, Jesus, was revealed to him, he said, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount” (Luke 19: 8). Yes, deep down, he knew that part of his fortune was not approved by God, therefore he could not keep it anymore! So, my friend do not envy your neighbor’s grass because it looks greener than yours, for you do not know how much it costs him in water bills, and you’re not sure eaither whether God has given him this grass since Satan also has much to offer as he wanted to offer to Jesus. Look for the true wealth that lasts eternally today for you may wake up one day to realise that there will be no tomorrow. And the only way to do so is by seeking God’s kingdom and righteousness! Stay blessed in Jesus’ name.