28 Mar “Are You Rich?” by Kitty Holt
Many years after graduating from college, I came across the financial aid form my father filled out when I went to college. I was shocked at how little money my father made – for a family of eight, his income brought us just above the poverty line.
This surprised me as I was never in want growing up. I always had food (although we never went out to eat), clothes (thanks to the hand-me-downs from two cousins who lived on my street), and a small home in a neighborhood that was filled with kids. Summers included camping trips to Maine and nearby Mass., and spending nearly every day playing kickball with the many kids in the neighborhood. My siblings and I had paper routes by the age of 10, but I did not think this was out of the ordinary. Indeed, I felt rich growing up, even though I (apparently) was not, if one is counting money and possessions as being rich.
Whatever I was in my childhood, I now know what true riches are – anyone who follows Christ is rich, though they may have nothing of material value at all. We are children of the King, the One who owns the cattle on a thousand hills (Psalm 50:10), as well as everything else in the universe. We have the promise of eternal life, something that no amount of money can buy.
Perhaps Peter says it best in 1 Peter 1:3-5: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”
Many people spend their lives chasing happiness and riches (these are actually the top two life goals of many people, according to a recent survey) – yet there is only one real way to have true, everlasting joy and riches. If you do not yet have these riches, this Lenten season is the perfect time to find them. If you do have these riches, this Lenten season is the perfect time to share them with others!