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10/15/2008

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I Just Love Being Rich


"If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and then you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me" (Matt. 19:21).

This verse is almost at the end of a story that Jesus tells us about a man we like to call "the rich young ruler." Like a lot of Jesus' teachings, this one flew in the face of conventional thinking and wisdom. Other's are; "the first shall be last," if you want to sit in the seat of honor, take the lowest seat," "if you want to be great, make yourself small," "if you want to lead, be a servant." A lot of these teachings seem to be "upside-down." The biblical teachings about wealth are the same.

Paul writes that ministers, although poor, make others rich and having nothing possess everything.(2Cor. 6:4,10) Smyrna was a church of great riches despite the fact that they were in poverty (Rev. 2:8&9). The Macedonian churches in great a trial and extreme poverty, gave in rich generosity (2 Cor. 8:1&2).

Another aspect of this "upside-down" thinking is that riches aren't always what we think they are. Many times (fourteen, I think), the word riches is used to describe these things; God's grace, His goodness, His mercy and our standing with Him. In the world today, none of these things would be measured on the scales conventional richness. THEY ARE TRUE RICHES!!!!

Probably no place in the Bible is this any more clearly addressed than in the twelfth chapter of Luke. In this story, the very rich man looks at all he has and makes this familiar statement. "I have many goods laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat drink be merry" (v19). There was no doubt in the wealthy man's mind that he was rich! Imagine what went through his mind when he found out that he wasn't wealthy---he just has a lot of money! Jesus told him in verse twenty one that he laid up treasures for himself but was not rich toward God.

God simply does not measure wealth as man does. To God it has nothing to do with bank accounts, investments, opulent homes or cars. With this insight, the story of the rich young ruler of Matthew nineteen makes so much sense. What kept the rich young man from God was the love of his wealth.

I just love being rich! I love being wealthy in Jesus Christ. Isn't it wonderful to be rich in His grace, goodness, and mercy? As you go about you business today, I ask only one thing of you.....Spread the wealth....

Have a great day...Make a difference... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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