I had this great conversation with my Grandson (Jonah – age 9) last week about being Rich or Poor. Jonah had this question for me: Papa do you wish to be Rich or Poor? Now this was a great question and I was not sure where he was going with it – so I gave him my best answer. I would enjoy being Rich… Now came his response: Papa if you were rich you would forget about Jesus and see all your needs being met by the Money and Stuff you would have. You would no longer desire to have that relationship with Jesus. If you were Poor – then you would depend on Jesus to meet all your needs and your relationship would be intact.
Now I have to tell you he had me really thinking about this – especially coming from a 9 year old (I really like my Grandson’s questioning and reasoning). I did tell him that I would still prefer to be Rich so that I could bless allot of people and use it for furthering Christ Kingdom. At the same time I had to agree with him: Riches will cause your relationship with Jesus to falter if you do not handle your wealth in the correct way. It is not wrong to be Rich, but with it comes allot responsibilities to protect your Relationship with Christ.
I looked up some scripture about the topic and came up with 3 of them:
- Mark 10:23 > And Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How difficult it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” – Jesus had stated that it was easier for a Camel to go through and eye of a needle than for a Rich man to get into Heaven.
- Proverbs 30:8 > Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me. – Our prayer should be that God would supply what we need.
- Luke 12:34 > for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. – Now this is looking at where your Heart is – being either Rich or Poor does not matter as long as our Treasure is in Jesus.
I Hope to have more of these conversations with my Grandson and I am extremely thankful that he is being brought up in a way that he has these concerns. He is a powerful warrior for Jesus already…..
So where are you – do you want to be poor or rich?
Is your Heart in the right place when it comes to your possessions and money?
Does it all reflect back to Jesus?