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Great Wealth

When we learn to be happy whether we have, be that little or much, we move from the present earthly desires that are temporal and set our minds on things above which are eternal. Our culture is a very selfish culture. We are constantly thinking about ourselves and our own wants and desires before others. But the call of God put on the lives of believers is to be the servants of all and to put others first. Some people say, ‘if I only had a million dollars—it would help to finance the gospel to the ends of the earth’. But these same people won’t step across the street to share the gospel with their neighbors. It doesn’t take millions to spread the great message of salvation (although that is what is being said from pulpits), it only takes a willing and obedient heart to go and minister to those around us. To love others cost absolutely nothing (save our pride when we open our mouths to talk about the saving love of God).

Lukewarm Water?

Let’s look at one more powerful scripture which gives a perfect picture of the Church today. Jesus is talking to the church at Laodicea in Revelation 3:15-19, “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish you were one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water, I will spit you out of my mouth! you say, ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!’ And you don’t realized that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked. I advise you to buy gold from me—gold that has been purified by the fire. Then you will be rich. And also buy white garments so you will not be shamed by your nakedness. And buy ointment for your eyes so you will be able to see. I am the one who corrects and disciplines everyone I love. Be diligent and turn from your indifference.”

Putting selfishness and visions of grandeur aside and acknowledging the goodness and faithfulness of God will bring contentment and peace. Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and remember that true religion with contentment is great wealth!

Copyright 2000 by Stella Ramsaroop. Used with permission.

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About the Author: Stella Ramsaroop is a journalist, women’s advocate and an activist against domestic violence. She is the founder of the S4 Foundation. LinkedIn.

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