Do you want to become rich? Are you chasing a new promotion? What is it you are working toward? Would you like to be a millionaire? Is money the object of your obsession? Have you taken time to define what rich means to you?
We all want to be able to provide for our families. Many of us want to have enough money saved so we don’t have to work. Most of us plan for retirement by setting aside money in 401K’s or other retirement plans. But how much is enough?
Unfortunately, our world has convinced far too many of us that we can never have enough. There is always one other gadget we “need” to have. Or there is one more luxury we “deserve.” The worst part of it all is, we believe what the world is telling us.
The world’s definition of being rich is more money, more things, a bigger house, fancier cars, and living a continual party. At least that is what we see on our televisions and social media. Yet, when we have interactions with people who have achieved those things, we find they are not truly happy. In fact, those people often suffer from depression, loneliness, and a feeling of being lost.
There is one person who left all His riches behind to become poor in order to allow us to become rich. Jesus left the perfection of heaven to be our Savior. He walked this earth during His ministry with no place to lay His head (Matthew 8:28).
Jesus came to give us the riches of heaven. A far different definition of being rich than we see and hear defined by the talking heads. Being poor here on earth will result in us becoming rich for eternity, though money and possessions has nothing to do with it. Being poor in spirit acquires heaven for us (Matthew 5:3). Being poor in spirit means submitting to God, obeying His commands, and following Jesus.
Having a humble attitude, serving others, and doing good for the glory of God is our mission set by God. When we accomplish that, whether through ministry or in our workplace, we become rich. When we recognize it is only possibly through God’s grace, we begin to understand our position in life. With each step we take toward this goal, we take another step toward the riches of joy, peace, and contentment.
I pray we all seek the riches of heaven. I pray we become humble in attitude. I pray each one of us choose to obey God’s commands and follow Jesus. Know that Jesus became poor for you. Know that you can become rich by following Him. Be humble. Follow Jesus. Discover the riches waiting for you.
2 Corinthians 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.