Access to Riches

Are you jealous when others are rewarded? Do you envy the accomplishments of other people? Do you know that, if you have accepted Jesus as your Savior, you already have an inheritance beyond imagination? Do you celebrate that?

We see more jealousy in this world than we would like to see. People will react in some of the strangest ways out of jealousy. We see people who are envious of others taking action, sometimes falsely accusing others, to bring successful people down.

This world competes for wealth and notoriety as though it is the ultimate goal. Competition begins at a young age and continues throughout a person’s life. It takes on every form imaginable under the sun. And yet, we see more people suffering from depression than ever before. Is there a better way?

There is a better way. We have access to the riches of heaven through Jesus Christ. We can overcome this world through Him. Actually, we have already overcome this world, if we will only accept it.

As Jesus states in His parable of the lost son, the one who stayed home has everything the Father has. So long as we hold on to Jesus, stay with the Father, we have everything at our disposal. We are heirs to the kingdom.

We often think of that as being sometime in the future. Yet, we have access to it right now. Unfortunately, we often become more like the son who took off to do things his own way, rather than staying with the Father in His kingdom. Therefore, we lose access, or forget we have access, to the riches of the Father.

We can access the riches of God’s kingdom through prayer. Our faith in Him grants us the opportunity through prayer to ask God for anything we need. He is our ultimate source of wealth—wealth beyond our imagination.

I pray we all access the riches of heaven through prayer. I pray we reach out to God in faith for what we need. I pray each one of us will trade our jealousy toward others for the wealth we already have. Leave jealousy behind. Do not envy others. Access the riches of heaven. Know that you are in the kingdom of God. Trust God. Trust your Savior.

Luke 15:31-32 “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’”

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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