Since I have the privilege of teaching Bible internationally, my friendship circles are as big as the globe. I have been incredibly enriched by getting to know so many people from a variety of different backgrounds and cultures. I have been exposed to them in their churches and their homes and have been the recipient of their amazing hospitality.
Some of the richest people I know don’t have any money. “Poor me” is not in their vocabulary. In spite of extremely limited material resources, they do not feel deprived. They share freely – many times giving the best of what they have to their guests.
Their joy does not come in the possession of things, but in the contentment of a life that is counting for something far greater than anything material. They love God. They love life. They love people.
Like Jesus, who had nowhere to lay his head, they understand all the resources of heaven are at their disposal. Their measurements of riches, however, are not monetary.
They are rich in:
- loyalty, love and laughter
- honor, hope and humility
- generosity, grace and genuineness
- patience, peace and purity
- justice and joy
Some of the richest people I know don’t have any money. They have Jesus.
I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:12-13).