How to be rich!
How many of your problems would be solved if you just had some more money? That often seems to be the answer, doesn’t it? That seems to be the government’s answer to a lot things, doesn’t it?
“All it’s going to take is more money, that will solve everything!”
Let’s just suppose you achieve that goal of “more money.” Since we’re just supposing, you can imagine yourself as rich as you want to be. Suppose your bank calls you one morning and says, “We’re sorry, but we’re just not equipped to handle wealth as large as yours.”
That would be a fun problem to solve, wouldn’t it? So you spread your money around to a few banks and invest in a couple ton of gold… or a few sheets of plywood – and now you’re set!
You go to your very luxurious bed that night with all your problems solved that money can solve. That would be nice, wouldn’t it? But suddenly, this story takes a turn. Suppose you die that night. No amount of money can prevent that – we’re all going to die sometime. What would happen then? Would all that wealth you managed to accumulate be a help to you after you’re dead?
Jesus tells a story like this in Luke 12. In v16 the story begins, “The land of a rich man was very productive. And he began reasoning to himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no place to store my crops?’ Then he said, ‘This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, ‘Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry.’”
This man had made it! He achieved what so many only dream of. But in v20 that story also took a sudden turn. This man died that night and there was a big problem. As we read through his story of success, there really isn’t much we could find fault with. There wasn’t a problem with him being a wealthy farmer who had some good years and got even wealthier.
But if you read back through the story, notice how much of his thinking is directed toward “I” and “my” and how little (none) is directed toward “God.” He had made plans for himself for many years to come… but he failed to make any plans for eternity. And that night he stood before God to give an account of his life. Jesus actually put His finger on the problem before He told the story.
In v15, He said, “Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions.”
Your life actually has a lot more to do with your relationship with God than it does your financial status. Because a very significant part of your life is a soul that lives for eternity, and that soul will live for eternity either in heaven or in hell. If you get as rich as you want to be, you will leave all those riches here when you die. And even if you get to enjoy those riches for 80 years in this life, that’s a really short time in comparison to eternity.
If you are a sinner (and you are), your sin has separated you from God, who is holy. If your sin problem is not resolved before you die, your eternal life will be spent in the agony of hell. But if your sins are forgiven by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ alone – because of His substitutionary, sacrificial, death on a cross, and because He defeated sin, death and Satan by rising from the dead – your eternal life will be spent in the glory of heaven!
If all you have in this life is money – you are incredibly poor. If, in this life, you know the Lord Jesus Christ – you are incredibly rich for eternity, no matter how little money you may have in this life. Being rich… actually has nothing to do with money. (This investment advice is guaranteed by the Creator of life.)