I can lay no claim to the riches of this world. There are treasures here: people, places and things. But not one of them compares to the glory and richness of knowing God.
What is the wealth of this world worth? Only the eternal relationships we develop with it(Luke 16:9). For every earthly thing will pass away(James 1:10-11, 1 John 2:17). James even told the rich to boast in their humiliation. That’s the difference between the generally perceived value of worldly wealth and the real value. It’s something to boast about!
We have things that God has entrusted to us, and He expects us to steward them well. When we think of them as our own, there is a greater tendency to hoard them, hold on to them tightly. But the exact opposite should be true of our Christian life. We should pour ourselves out like a drink offering every day and be glad! Because we know that even the smallest act of devotion reaps eternal rewards.
We may know, intellectually, that we can store up treasures in Heaven, but the distractions of the world are deceptive and numerous. Still, only one thing is necessary. He has opened up the floor for us to sit as His feet and hear His teaching. He says, “Love.” Abide in the Love of Christ, for only in Him will we be fulfilled. Only in Him will we bear fruit that lasts forever.
Jim Elliot said it well: “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.” Everything belongs to God! It was all designed to give Him glory! Our greatest claim(which happens to be infinitely greater than worldly riches) is our right to become sons of God, paid for by the blood of Christ. Can we daily give Him exactly what He deserves from us? Or will we slip into blindness again?
“Has this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, I myself have seen it, declares the LORD.”–Jeremiah 7:11