Should we really envy the rich?
Many of us wanted to be rich. Although being rich is not something special to God. You may be a v.i.p. in luxury hotels and elite clubs though in the sight of God those things does not matter at all. He does not discriminate. He just wants everyone to seek Him in truth and to come forward to ask for His help regardless of color, social status or whatsoever. He will stay with us unconditionally when we decide to choose Him over all.
I Peter 1: 17
And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:
Why do I envy the rich then? I envy the rich not because they are “rich”. The only thing I envy from them is the comfort of doing good. They don’t need to work but they can still do a lot of good and not worry about their daily needs. I envy them because they can endure to become less rich and be poor without even suffering real consequences. On the other hand, the poor has little or has nothing to spare and share. Poor tries so hard just to stay afloat and survive. They are at war with essential bills and struggling on their very basic needs. They may want to give and help but they couldn’t because they are the ones who literally needs assistance. And when they decide to share they might need to give everything at the same time. The power to share because you have something to impart is heartwarming and invigorating. The privilege to give happiness and having the means to potentially extend other persons’ life is breathtaking. The virtue to rescue and turn the lives of many away from evil and help the less fortunate is extremely rewarding. You can literally do more good with more wealth. However, many still do more evil than good because of the love of money.
In many cases, it comes down to how much we love money and that’s how we get affected in our decisions. Since the love of money is the root of all evil. That’s where motive and the heart comes in. God measures our hearts and our thoughts, never the amount of our wealth. He measures how much we give and share in comparison to what we can actually offer; and he checks what do we really feel towards others. He alone can judge righteously since we are talking about something deep in our hearts and motives.
Luke 6:38 KJV – Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
2 Timothy 3:17 KJV – That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
Hebrews 13:21 KJV – Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
A perfect man in the eyes of the Lord is not flawless nor blameless but a man who is thoroughly furnished unto all good works. A righteous man can also commit sin but it shouldn’t be intentional and if he does, He knows how to admit his faults, ask forgiveness and guidance.
Matthew 6:20 – But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
Let us be rich in heaven.
The only way to lay up treasures in heaven is by giving and sharing; and that is the only way to serve God. There is no other path. One of the most straightforward verses of going to heaven is giving your life to your friends. But who can do that? Will you give your life to your brethren wholeheartedly? That is what Jesus did to us, He gave His life for us.
John 15:3 – Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
If you can’t offer and give any material thing, I know you can offer better things. Being a blessing to anyone and everyone you love is something invaluable. Being a loving person, trustworthy and honest, shouldn’t cost you a dime.
Studying the gospel and the words of God in order for you to effectively share it to others is the greatest mission and calling of all. That is what I try to do, share the Words of life. I’m nobody and poor but I’m trying to be rich in the sight of God.
If I will envy the rich, that will only be for one thing.
I envy the rich for just one reason – for me to do more good. What I really long for is to be rich in heaven. I rather choose being poor knowing that God is with me than being rich without Him.
Ultimately, a rich man can do many good works because of his capacity to do them. But that does not mean that the poor man can not do any good work at all. Look at this example, even the widow has nothing but she was able to please God through her great trust and faith. By giving all she has, it was counted for her as righteousness.
Luke 22:3 KJV – And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all:
Even though she was poor she was able to give more than the rest. God’s metric are far more advance than ours. Generally speaking we should never envy the rich.
I will leave a challenge for everyone. The challenge for the poor is to become less poor and not to be poorer in good works; and the challenge for the rich is to become less rich and be richer in good works.
Let us all be rich in the sight of God.
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