Wealth should not define who we are, but instead our wealth should be
judged in whose we are. Money does not impress God, but a heart seeking
His face and will for our life does. No matter how wealthy a person may
be in life, if they do not know Jesus as their personal Savior; then that
person is poor in Gods eyes (Luke 12:21).
We need to always have the proper perspective and remember that to be
truly rich is to have Jesus in your life. I pray that God's spirit will
move mightily on all people that they may know Him and focus on their
eternal destination. Jesus declares in Matthew 16:26 "For what is a man
profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?" Our
physical wealth on earth will not be with us in eternity, but opening our
heart to the Lord and keeping His work #1 in our lives will be with us
This is a story that blessed my life and I was truly rejoicing in the Lord
when I got to the end. I encourage you to read this story and allow the
message to get deep in your spirit. I thank you again for allowing me to
come into your life and sending you these messages that I hope are making
a difference in your life. I pray you will continue to be blessed by this
work of the Lord.
THE RICHEST MAN
A rich landowner named Carl often rode around his vast estate so he could
congratulate himself on his great wealth. One day, while riding around his
estate on his favorite horse, he saw Hans, an old tenant farmer. Hans was
sitting under a tree when Carl rode by. Hans said, "I was just thanking
God for my food." Carl protested, "If that is all I had to eat, I wouldn't
feel like giving thanks." Hans replied, "God has given me everything I
need, and I am thankful for it."
The old farmer added, "It is strange you should come by today because I
had a dream last night. In my dream a voice told me, 'The richest man in
the valley will die tonight.' I don't know what it means, but I thought I
ought to tell you." Carl snorted, "Dreams are nonsense," and galloped
away, but he could not forget Hans' words: "The richest man in the valley
will die tonight."
He was obviously the richest man in the valley, so he invited his doctor
to his house that evening. Carl told the doctor what Hans had said. After a
thorough examination, the doctor told the wealthy landowner, "Carl, you
are as strong and healthy as a horse. There is no way you are going to die
Nevertheless, for assurance, the doctor stayed with Carl, and they played
cards through the night. The doctor left the next morning and Carl
apologized for becoming so upset over the old man's dream.
At about nine o'clock, a messenger arrived at Carl's door. "What is it?"
Carl demanded. The messenger explained, "It's about old Hans. He died last
night in his sleep."
I encourage you to never allow this world or the things associated with it
make you think that you are poor or not good enough to meet peoples
standard. When people come into contact with us, they look at the outward
appearance and judge us accordingly, but God looks at the heart and inward
appearance of a person as it is written in 1 Samuel 16:7 "…The LORD seeth
not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD
looketh on the heart."
If you are like the man in the story who is only after wealth and material
possessions, I want you to know that these things are only temporary and
will not be with you when you die and face eternity. I encourage you to
focus on how rich you are spiritually and not physically for the physical
will perish, but your spirit will live forever.
Please know that God loves you and no matter what sin you have committed;
He will forgive you once you come to Him in repentance. God will receive
you unto Himself and will remember your sins no more.
(Titus 2:11-14) and (Isaiah 43:25)
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Matthew 16:26 Jesus says "For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the
whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange
for his soul?"
Luke 12:16-21 "And Jesus spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of
a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within
himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow
my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and
build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I
will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years;
take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou
fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall
those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up
treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God."
1 Samuel 16:7 "…The LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the
outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart."
Matthew 6:19-21 Jesus says "Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon
earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through
and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither
moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor
steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."
All scriptures can be found in the King James Version.
In Christ Service,
Gods Work Ministry