What is True Wealth?

Speaking to the people, he went on, “Take care! Protect yourself against the least bit of greed. Life is not defined by what you have, even when you have a lot.” (Luke 12:15 MSG)

Let’s imagine a scenario together.

You have been lost in the desert for more than a week. You are thirsty, hungry, tired, and almost short of breath.

Then heaven smiles on you. You reach a junction with two roads that lead to ‘bliss’. You can only choose one of the 2 options.

Option A leads to where you will find a million dollars in cash, water and food, then nothing else. You will remain trapped in the desert but you will have water and food and will become a million dollars richer.

Option B leads to water, food and a ticket back to your current life in whatever city you live in.

Note, they are one-way roads and so once you go in any of the directions, you can’t go back. You are either a million dollars richer and trapped in the desert for life or you return safely back to your current life with no extra cent to your name.

So what will you choose?

This picture helps me to understand that the only reason an extra million will make any sense in my life right now is because of the other things that I have that don’t cost me money.17(1)

Things like Love, Joy, Family, Friends, Community, Peace, Health, Faith etc. These are my real treasure. They give meaning to everything else I possess. It is only because I have these already that more money becomes useful and meaningful to me.

Really think about it…Your car, house, money, clothes, shoes, etc. are not the best things you have in your life right now. If these are all you have, how will life be?

I am learning to be grateful for my current realities. The best things in life are truly free.

My life is not defined by what I have, even when I have a lot.

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TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN

This must be said.

It grieves me when I wake up early to go to work only to find another man who had woken up much longer than I did preaching to souls that need to be preached to.

I am not saddened that they preach, but I think that if you’d go through all that sacrifice to do a noble thing, then that thing should be done right.

Painting pictures of hell, creating awareness about the existence of demons isn’t what the gospel is about. In fact, a strong rebuke against sin isn’t what the gospel is about too.

All that will never CHANGE a man. Only the gospel is the saving power of God. Only the gospel CAN make men be BORN AGAIN.

Think about it…The only reason why a *danfo driver uses a seat belt is because he sees that he is approaching a Lastma official. The instance he gets past the checkpost, he throws it away like we dispose used toilet paper. The Fear of *Lastma bends him to use the seat belt, but as soon as the sight is gone, he returns to his posture as a non seat belt user.

All those sermons about hell and the rest only put fear in the hearts of men. Fear bends people’s will, it doesn’t change it. As soon as the picture you paint fades from their heart( and it will fade b’cos really, we’ve got important issues like fuel to think about too ‪#‎lol‬), they soon return to the very things you tried to save them from.600x600

The gospel is the GOOD NEWS. It is a story of LOVE and perfect love casts out all fear. The Gospel doesn’t DEMAND change from people who can’t even change in the first place, it OFFERS change to those who would BELIEVE. The gospel doesn’t say go to church, rather it says God is running back to you, open your heart to him. The Gospel doesn’t demand that you love God, it preaches that God loves you, has sent his son to die for you so you can be forgiven of ALL sins, and so you can receive NOW, eternal life.

Think of it, who wouldn’t love God back after he has received God’s love and forgiveness. And love is the fulfillment of all the Law. When we see the love God has for us, we are propelled to reciprocate the love to him and the people around us.

So the next time you decide to preach the gospel, ask yourself, is my message a GOOD news? If no, then it’s probably not news at all.

Before you repost that facebook message, will this sow the seed of LOVE in men’s heart? If it won’t, then it is probably not worth your time.

Selah

*A Danfo bus is a commercial peassenger bus popular in Lagos Nigeria

*Lastma is a traffic enforcement agency in Lagos.