True Wealth

Our most valuable possessions are those which when shared, multiply. Our least valuable are those which when shared, are diminished. William Danforth

When we think of wealth, our hearts and minds immediately go to the physical. Ask just about anyone to define wealth and their definition will likely involve either money or the things that money can buy. However, if we were to consult the Lord, we would get a very different answer. We know this is true because the Scriptures continually reveal exactly what is and what is not wealth.

Consider, for a moment, the lowly dung beetle.

The dung beetle is all about that substance for which he is named. He looks for the stuff all day long. He longs for the stuff. He lives for the stuff. Now suppose this dung beetle were to wander across a feedlot in West Texas. Can you imagine his joy? The little fellow would probably climb to the highest point of the biggest pile of cow patties he could find. He would then survey his kingdom - nothing but cow pies as far as the eye could see. If dung beetles could talk, he would probably shout, "I'm rich - ha, ha, ha, - rich, gloriously rich - ha, ha, ha!!". But we would look at these so called "riches" and be appalled. What dung beetles think of as wealth is detestable to us!

We laugh at the lowly dung beetle, but I wonder if sometimes we are not the same. Do we not seek wealth for ourselves, in areas that true wealth cannot be found? Do not some people look for this stuff, long for this stuff and live for this stuff? Should they actually obtain this stuff, wouldn't they think they were rich? Wouldn't we?

The truth is that real wealth only exists in those things that do not diminish when shared. True wealth is love, it's companionship, it's hope and faith and service. Should we be fortunate enough to ever discover this truth during our lifetimes, it will be then, and only then, that we truly will become rich.

"No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money." The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus. He said to them, "You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of men, but God knows your hearts.  What is highly valued among men is detestable in God's sight."

Luke 16:13-15, NIV