True riches and wealth

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It was reported that someone agreed to pay about $19 million for a luxury sports car produced by Bugatti, a French company. Nineteen million dollars?! Now, that’s a pretty penny. An expensive, exclusively handmade car with several exhaust pipes and a 16-cylinder engine. But is this true riches?

Yet, it has been stated that the best things in life are free. For example, one cannot put a price tag on virtues such as health, gratitude, trust, integrity and family values. These are investments (although sometimes sacrificially costly) that give and keep on giving.

On the other hand, what would it be like to be (as they say) filthy rich? I think my seasoned soul could handle it. I would definitely increasingly fund and promote the gospel, hunger, education, missions, and the homeless. It has been stated that money cannot buy happiness, but it sure can make one smile.

But really, I’m already rich. Rich in faith. Fruitful in spirit with love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance (Galatians 5:22, 23). True riches.

Now, there’s nothing wrong with us having things, as long as the things don’t have us. Let’s not worship things. It’s an honest day’s work with an honest day’s pay. Let’s not cheat and walk all over folks to get to the bank. Honest acquisition is the plan.

Prayer: Lord, I understand that having You in my life is true riches. I delight in You. I appreciate the finer things of life, but help me not to lose focus and leave You out. I commit to a God-first (Matthew 6:33) lifestyle. Give me the wisdom to prioritize my needs and wants. Give me the proper perspective on riches and success: Blessed to be a blessing. Thanks for a wealth of spiritual riches. True riches.

In Christ’s name and for His sake, amen.

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