Friday, May 22, 2020

Hebrews 11:23-28

Hebrews 11:23-28 
English Standard Version (ESV)

  What's the greatest wealth to you?
  I saw a note the other day that Jeff Bezos may one day be a trillionaire.  I don't think most of us can really fathom how much a billion dollars could buy, but the answer to what a trillionaire could buy is easy:  everything.  
  To hear or read about such wealth easily stirs something in most people.  It's desirable.  It makes much of life easier -- it certainly makes enduring a pandemic easier.  
  There's a huge divide between working for wealth and desiring wealth.  When we work for wealth, it's something we obtain to use.  It's a tool that helps us pay rent and buy food.  When we desire it, wealth owns us and it captures our heartstrings and our attention.  When we desire it, we no longer use it, but it owns us.
  It takes great faith to desire the wealth Christ offers with all our hearts.  Christ's wealth isn't measured by bank statements, but rather by the peace that runs through the rivers of the soul and the love that passes between Christian hearts.  Christ's wealth isn't measured by purchasing power but rather by a willingness to serve that is borne out of a heart filled with gratitude.  Christ's wealth doesn't  expire, cannot be stolen, and will not be destroyed by moth or political empires -- it is eternal, always growing, and worthy of our pursuits, whatever it costs.

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