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Chapter 17 True Riches
If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? - Luke 16:11
While we are on earth we can accumulate all sorts of things even amounting to 'riches'. However, none of these things will be of any value once we leave this earth.
For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. - 1 Timothy 6:7
If we are going to get serious about our Christian life, we should understand that there are rewards for faithful service much greater than the rewards for worldly pursuits.
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. - Philippians 3:14
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. - Matthew 6:19-21
Consider what we can know about the life after this one.
For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. - 1 Corinthians 3:11-14
Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. - 2 Timothy 4:8
Worldly riches are acquired by ambition, cleverness, and even ruthlessness. Heavenly riches are acquired by just the opposite, giving of oneself, dependence on God, and faithfulness. It is God who equips and provides for us. He has works for us to do and for which he gives us rewards.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. - Ephesians 2:10
We have no need of worldly recognition as we serve him who knows everything.
That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly. - Matthew 6:4
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