I Have Christ, What Want I More?
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God (Micah 6:8).
All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need (Acts 4:32-35).
A wise man once said that they way to measure wealth is by taking stock of how much could be lost overnight. If disaster struck your life tonight, how much wealth would you have left tomorrow?
If a hurricane demolished your house or a fire destroyed your possessions, would you be poor? If a hypersonic missile erased all the world’s financial records and your 401K was gone tomorrow, would you still consider yourself wealthy?
Jesus said a lot of controversial things during his ministry, not the least of which went something like this: “lay not up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust corrupt,” (Matthew 6:19). But what did Jesus mean?
Was Jesus saying not to keep money in your bank account? Not to have a 401K? Not to save for retirement? Not exactly. But he was saying not to let your “treasure” be anything that can be destroyed or corrupted by the world, anything that can be lost overnight. Money is meant to be utilized for good (Luke 6:35) and possessions are meant to be enjoyed (1 Timothy 6:17), but Christ is the one who is meant to be treasured.
We see a glimpse of this in the early church, in an episode from Acts 4. The Church was still an infant at this stage, and yet, there was something childlike and thus very advanced about their faith. Christ was their treasure, therefore material wealth was not something to be hoarded or stashed but to be given and utilized for good.
Anyone who has ever given cheerfully out of their resources knows what I’m talking about. There is something magnificently freeing about taking what the world classifies as “yours” and giving it away for the sake of God’s Kingdom and for others.
In that moment, we often realize experientially something that our intellect and our society-at-large have a hard time grasping: stuff can never satisfy, no matter how much of it we accumulate.
You and I were meant to be satisfied by God and God alone. If you belong to Jesus, you already possess something more valuable than all the money in the world, something more satisfying than any human relationship this side of Heaven.
The key is learning to experience and enjoy this greatest of all treasures.
If it’s been awhile since you’ve experienced and enjoyed your relationship with God, don’t worry, He hasn’t left, He’s just been waiting.
All it takes for you to begin enjoying the greatest of all treasures is a little time and a little focus. And I promise that, if you begin to invite Him into your life each day, it won’t be long before the greatest of all treasures becomes more valuable to you than anything else.
Are there things in your life that you look to for satisfaction outside of your relationship with Jesus Christ? Don’t condemn yourself, but do acknowledge that this is not right. Then, as you pray this week, ask God to begin revealing Himself to you in even the most mundane moments of life.