“A devout life does bring wealth, but it’s the rich simplicity of being yourself before God. Since we entered the world penniless and will leave it penniless, if we have bread on the table and shoes on our feet, that’s enough.” 1 Timothy 6: 6-8
One day, while talking with my coworkers, I casually mentioned that my husband gave a sermon the previous Sunday. There had been a bad snow storm and all of those attending that Sunday could fit on one church pew. One coworker said, “That’s ok. One day he’ll have lots of church members and drive around in a Mercedes”. I immediately replied, “That would be nice, but we don’t NEED all that”.
I’m thankful that I’m at a place in my walk where I can be satisfied knowing that most of my treasures are being stored up in heaven. I’m still tempted to look left and right and desire things that I do not have. However, as a believer, I know that nothing here on Earth will satisfy any desire I might have.
I know not to reject anything that God chooses to bless me with. These are great opportunities for God to get the glory. But, we can’t bring any of these material things with us when we die. It’s better to store up our treasures in heaven for eternity, rather than store up earthly treasures that can be stolen, rusted, burned, molded and destroyed (Matt 6:20).
God promises devout believers a type a wealth without expiration date or chance of depreciation. The Bible doesn’t explicitly say what these treasures will be, but we can learn how to obtain them. Every time we do something selfless with God in mind we are building up His kingdom and our treasures in Heaven. Our “treasures” on Earth pale in comparison to those in heaven. He will give us exactly what we need and nothing more in order to make us fully rely on Him. Bread to eat and shoes for travel are all we need to fulfill our purposes here on Earth. Anything else is an added bonus.
It’s really hard to believe in this type of message if you are struggling. When we struggle, we often build up a wall against God, blaming Him for our misfortune. It’s important to let that wall down and let God in.
Think of any relationship you’ve had with a friend or significant other. Remember how freeing it was to finally trust that person and let them in to every intimate detail of your life? Remember discovering the true worth of that relationship when you could be yourself and not worry about judgement or abandonment? God wants this type of intimacy, but on a much deeper level. He wants us to trust Him with every aspect of our lives. Humans have limited perception and require details and tangible evidence before trusting anything. It will be hard to trust God at first because He is impossible to see on a physical level. Once you start to read His Word and be in constant conversation with Him through prayer, bit by bit you’ll start to see that He is more real than anything else. His presence will become so big, that He’ll fill any void that we might have.