Many people have suffered financial losses this past year. Even Bill Gates lost more than $18 billion dollars. Yet even with that loss, Gates' net worth for 2009 was still somewhere near $40 billion--allowing him to reclaim the title of richest man in the world.
It's helpful for believers to remember that we're billionaires, too--recipients of billions of blessings. Our wealth is infinite. We've been granted "every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ" (Ephesians 1:3). The blessings of God don't lead to moral failure. The world's wealth, on the other hand, is deceptive; the love of money yields much evil.
The church of Laodicea thought it was rich, wealthy, needing nothing. But it didn't realize it was really wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked.
None of us wants to face financial loss, but sometimes the loss of some of our material goods can remind us of our true wealth. It helps us focus afresh on the eternal riches that cannot be lost, stolen, or eaten by moths. What loss have you recently suffered? Let Christ turn it to gain.
How many have pulled down their souls to build up their estate. Thomas Watson, Puritan
Peace and Joy,
Matthew 6:20 Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys.