How foreign is our life-style
When the world is all aglow,
Beaming with its values
That make God its mortal foe.
What it confuses with true riches
Makes its followers truly blind,
Unaware that the jewel they’re seeking
Should be a loving Savior to find.
Christians are so richly blessed,
Their possessions not their own,
Loyal to the Will of Christ,
Blessed for kind deeds shown.
God’s blessings are the richest treasure
That man will ever see.
To gain access to such wealth,
His faithful follower be.
Thus, when your tally is entered
In the great book of His love,
How rich then, do you think you’ll be,
Blessed and gifted from above?
The words of this poem penned by Brenda Fannett made me think of the parable of the rich fool in Luke 12. Prior to Jesus speaking to them in a parable, he said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses” (Luke 12:15). He then spoke the parable of a certain rich man who had a ground that yielded plentifully. This rich man thought within himself, saying “What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?” (Luke 12:17). So he decided to pull down his barns and build greater and to store up all of his crops and goods. He would then say to himself, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry” (Luke 12:19). The parable ended with God’s response to the rich fool. “But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided? So is he who lays treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God” (Luke 12:20,21).
There are many who are searching for riches, but unfortunately it is a quest for the wrong ones. Jesus would say in Mark 8:36,37, “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?”
The true, exceeding riches are supplied by the Lord: “Even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them’ (Ephesians 2:5-10).
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning” (James 1:17).
In the parables of the hidden treasure and the pearl of great price shows the importance of seeking out the kingdom of heaven and the immense value of such true riches that it brings to one’s life that the one who finds it, will certainly sell all that they have and buy it (cf. Matthew 13:43-46).
Certainly, “when your tally is entered in the great book of His love, how rich then, do you think you’ll be, blessed and gifted from above?”
Something to think about. Have a great day! – DJ 😊
How foreign is our life-style