Define Rich…

Ever dream of finding a bag of money or discovering you were left a vast inheritance by a long, lost relative? We live in a crazy world where, by all appearances, money solves all one’s woes. The quest for more doesn’t seem to have a limit.

I remember in my twenties thinking if we could just make x amount, then we would be set. Then we made x amount and it seemed like it wasn’t enough. Hard to admit but apparently not uncommon. Rockefeller was, at one point, the world’s richest man, first ever billionaire in America. When a reporter asked him ‘How much money is enough?’ he responded ‘Just a little bit more’.

“By wisdom a house is built, and through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.’ (Proverbs 24:4 NIV)

Hmm, rare and beautiful treasures. Wisdom and knowledge the keys to a treasure filled house. I have no idea if Rockefeller or any of the world’s billionaires are Christians. But I see many a ‘rich’ person commit suicide, lose their families, lose themselves in drugs. According to what the world would have us believe they have everything anyone could want, and if they don’t they can get it. Then why so much agony?

“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven…Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21 NLT)

Desires of our heart – just a little bit more of worldly wealth, or a little bit more of heavenly wealth? I’m right there with everyone else – roof over my head, nice car, full frig — but I want my heart to be His. To not have a tight fist on mine, mine, mine but an open hand that says thank You for the blessings – and to live like I believe it.

So define rich: “He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure.” (Isaiah 33:6 NIV) Not a key we have to hide for fear a thief will break in and steal, not a treasure that the market ups and downs can destroy – a rich treasure that the more we share it, the more we have. Very rich indeed.

9 Comments on “Define Rich…

  1. Great post! I’ve been trying to keep a Godly perspective during our house hunting process. This is a great reminder. I keep asking God to put me where he wants me.

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    • The more we ask the more we hear – He longs to be in all our details. Blessings as you trust in His perfect new place for you…

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      • It is important to remember where our real treasure is found. Thanks for sharing- visiting from Chasing Community.

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  2. Great perspective, Paris. And so true. Love this statement: “To not have a tight fist on mine, mine, mine but an open hand that says thank You for the blessings – and to live like I believe it.” Me too! Blessings. Visiting from #RaRaLinkup.

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    • Karen, thanks for stopping by – right there with you, together we can do this journey of letting go of ‘mine’ and holding on to Him. Blessings as you shower Him with thanks…

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  3. Yes, very rich indeed! I want my heart to be His too. It is, but there can never be too much of Him, can there? He’s the only thing that can ever really satisfy. Thank you for these peace-filled words, friend. ((hug))

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  4. Great post! May we all live like we believe He is our provider, our Jehovah Jireh, our God of more than enough!

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    • He is our ‘more than enough’ for sure. We are rich not because of all His provision (more than enough) – but because of who He is and that He chooses to dwell in us and give us an eternity with no more needs or wants because we’ll ever be in His presence! That is rich…blessings,

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