Friday, 30 January 2009

Would You Rather Be Rich or Poor?

Posted: 29 Jan 2009 01:00 AM CST
Heb 10:19-25; Mk 4:21-25

The ending of today’s Gospel sounds like a cynical commentary on modern society. “To those who have, more will be given; from those who have not, what little they have will be taken away.” It seems to say that the rich will get richer and the poor will get poorer. But that’s not at all what this text is about.

So what is it that people have and then either get more of or lose all of? Jesus isn’t talking about money or wealth in any form. He’s talking about the extent and depth of our connectedness to God. If we are already deeply rooted in God, our spirits will grow larger, richer, and fuller by the day. But if our connection to the Lord is only superficial, it certainly won’t grow, and it probably won’t last at all.

So here’s our question for the day: Does your God-connection have growing power? Is it changing your life day by day? Or is it anemic and able to do little more than stumble through a memorized prayer? If it’s the former, you’ve got an enviable future ahead of you for sure. If your God-connection is the latter, be prepared for a future you’d never choose.
That’s the equation, and there are no exceptions. Why not be rich through and through?

2 comments:

C.Alv.B said...

Since I accept Him in my life..everything seem look different. The way I look to others, the way I take care to them, the way I 'connect' with others.. to me that is the greatest gift from God. I rather be poor in this world but rich in faith with Him..

Avanus said...

This scripture sums it all: Matthew 19: 24 - And again I say to you: It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven.