My dear sister,
You have heard it said; ‘more money, more problems’. Well, in my writing to you, I want to agree with those that have said this- but with a twist 🙂 You see, when Jesus walked the earth, He often spoke about true riches, about treasure- that had nothing to do with money. All over the new testament, too, there are many references to riches that are not necessarily monetary.
So, what are these riches? How can these riches be defined? The Bible commentator W.M. Taylor wrote a piece on this matter that resonated with me;
“She (has true riches) who has a good conscience, a will in unison with God’s and emotions of happiness in the contemplation of God; God Himself is the true wealth of the soul. We are all originally poor, for we have sinned and wandered from God. But we all, if we will, may become spiritually wealthy through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
True riches, then, have to do with the inner person. They have to do with faith in God and the continual work that God does in a person’s heart to make her more like Him.
Now, to go deeper into this discussion, I invite you, my sister, to consider what the Bible says about how to keep and increase these true riches.
The Apostle James writes to the Christians of his day as follows;
(James 2: 24, 26)- ‘Ye see, then, how that by works, a man is justified and not by faith only. For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.’ KJV
Additionally, in a letter to his brethren, St. Paul’s son in the faith Timothy writes;
(1 Timothy 6:17-18)- ‘Charge them that are rich in this world that they be not high minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God who giveth us richly all things to enjoy. That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate.’ KJV
It is clear, therefore, that in order to keep and increase your true riches-i.e. your faith in God, you, my sister must be rich in good works. You must be open to do good to all, not some, but all people (even your enemies/ those that do not wish you well) so that your faith may grow and your God be honoured and glorified.
So, where does more money, more problems come in? you may be wondering 🙂 Well, as I wrote above, I want to agree with this saying but with a twist in the following way; more true riches, more trouble 😛
Look at what Jesus said shortly before he was to be crucified… (John 16:33)- ‘I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.’ NIV
How about what Paul wrote to the Galatians and the Thessalonians;
(Galatians 6:9) – ‘Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.’
(2 Thessalonians 3:13)- ‘And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good.’
Evidently, Jesus and his gallant apostle would not have written to encourage those who choose the path of doing good if there was no discouragement envisioned or expected.
I write to you, my sister, therefore, to say to you, do not grow weary! Do not be surprised when trouble comes your way yet you have been doing good. The trouble only comes from the enemy of your soul in order to make you quit. In order to make you believe that God’s path/way does not work. He is the father of lies and no truth can be found in him. Do not listen to him. Keep doing good. Do not repay evil with evil but with good instead and I can guarantee you, you will reap a harvest if you do not give up.
As I pen off, I pray for you, particularly if, currently, the good you have done has been repaid with evil by those around you. I pray that the Holy Spirit may give you courage to soldier on and not give up on the faith and doing good. I pray for you that you will not regret doing good but do good all the more and that your due season of harvest will come upon you soon. In Jesus’ name!
With Love and Joy 🙂