Have you ever wondered why people nowadays are so inclined on getting rich as fast as they can?
Competition is intense especially when you live abroad. I’ve heard the same is true with our fellow Filipinos working overseas.
There is nothing wrong in being competitive. But when we take shortcuts to get rich quick, most of the time, whatever we gain doesn’t last. What comes easily doesn’t last long and what lasts long doesn’t come easily.
I have seen people taking shortcuts to get rich quick. They either end up hurting others, their love ones, and most especially themselves. They end up worst from where they started. Why does this happen?
Is it wrong to gain all you can as fast as you can?
There is nothing wrong in trying to get rich. What makes you truly rich is how you answer these two questions; how you got there and how you are using it?
For example, we all know about the corrupt politicians in the Philippines. It’s sad but, when you see these politicians owning huge mansions and nice cars, one cannot help but think they are corrupt.
How did they get there? Did they acquire riches through honest work and service?
How are they using it? Did they use their money to fund their lavish lifestyle while they do nothing for the country?
What are you truly gaining?
Gaining all you can is not only about money. Truly gaining means winning in all aspects of your life.
This verse has been the foundation of everything I do; “But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” (Matthew 6:33-34)
The message of Jesus is very clear. To truly gain in life, “Strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness.”
When you do this, “all these things will be given to you.”
If you strive for the glory of God, he will give you the strength you need to accomplish everything. You will be able to do all things through Jesus Christ who strengthens us.
“Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received. Whoever speaks must do so as one speaking the very words of God; whoever serves must do so with the strength that God supplies, so that God may be glorified in all things through Jesus Christ. To him belong the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.” (1 Peter 4:10-11)
Again, gaining all you can is not only about money. Money is just the result of your true honest work but it should not be your reason. Do not love money because money will never satisfy your deepest needs. The love of money can get your priorities out of line. Remember, you already have everything you need. “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” (Psalm 23:1)
Can you strive for the kingdom of God and His righteousness if you have been dishonest in the past?
If this question looks like a stumbling block to you, you are not alone. I’ve been there done that. The great thing about the mercy and love of God is – it’s never too late to change. God’s love does not show partiality.
If you are worried about the dishonest money you accumulated from the past, it’s not too late to use your riches appropriately by giving back, sharing more and giving more.
What causes us to accumulate more in life? Is it because – “Feasts are made for laughter; wine gladdens life, and money meets every need.” (Ecclesiastes 10:19)
We all know that money is essential in our lives. Money enables us to do many things in life especially if we have lots of it. Having material things are not bad. But accumulating material possessions and being attached to them is toxic. Release your attachments so God can fill you more!
Just imagine what your life could be when you set your mind to accumulating treasures in heaven?
Let us read the parable of the rich man.
“As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honor your father and mother.’” He said to him, “Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.” Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.” (Mark 10:17-22)
The rich man left sad not because he have many possessions. He left sad because he could not let go of his possessions. He missed the opportunity of gaining all he can because he chooses not to go all-out for the kingdom of God.
So let us do what we are purposed to do. Love and enjoy what we are doing because I believe this is how God wants us to be – always loving and enjoying the life He gave us.
In my life, my wife and I dream of an early retirement and spend our remaining healthy active days working for our Lord God globally. It’s almost 22 years ago since we started serving in a community as a couple and we have no plans of stopping what we have started – to value the opportunity given to us and doing whatever it takes to gain all we can for the glory of God.
God is the greatest!