“This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God.” – Luke 12:21
Something was missing. That’s what Bill thought. It wasn’t like there was anything wrong; there was just something missing.
Bill was able to take an early retirement. He had worked hard. He advanced rapidly. In addition to all of this, Bill was a good investor. Even when people said it was foolish to take stock options, he did it just the same. Consequently, when he received the offer to retire early, he was able to take advantage of it.
He was 55 years old, retired and financially secure. He had good health. He was able to enjoy himself and travel. He even started a consulting business that kept him as busy as he wanted to be. However, late at night he always felt something was missing.
Bill’s problem is one many people have. They look at their lives and conclude something is missing.
As I look at my life, most of the time it seems to be in order. I am not a multi-millionaire, but things could be worse. The bills are paid. My family is not lacking anything important. There is even a little left over for savings. Still, the nagging thought remains – something is missing.
The problem I need to address is the very issue to which Jesus directs my attention. It is easy to focus on preparations for this life. It is just as easy to see wealth and a steady flow of income as my highest priority. This may lead me to scrimp and save, and even sacrifice. But, after the bills are paid and the investments pay dividends, what’s next?
Jesus teaches me the wealth of this world is secondary. He also wants me to understand it will never prepare me for the life to come, nor can it ever prepare me to stand before the Judge of all. This is why I need to have a clear understanding of what it means to be rich toward God.
Being rich toward God is not measured in financial terms. It requires spiritual ones. Being rich toward God means I can live my life with the true direction his Word provides. Being rich toward God means my debt of sin has been paid by my Savior’s sacrifice. Being rich toward God means I am able to stand before God as he desires – without fault or blame. Often, it is this wealth that is missing in my life, and until I return to the one who gives it, there will always be that nagging feeling – something’s missing.
Jesus reveals what’s missing in my life. Then he offers to fill it with his rich blessing. As I store up his lasting wealth in my life, I can be confident nothing important will ever be missing.