Are You Poor or Wealthy
“One man pretends to be rich, yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet he has great wealth.”
During my 45 year career in health care, I witnessed situations where someone in our hospital faced death almost every day. Many of these people were very wealthy and others were very poor. In all situations it did not make any difference about how much wealth they had accumulated or how little they had, as when death was staring them in the face they were all equal. Their wealth could not buy them an extra day as they all faced either an eternal life with Jesus or spending their eternity in Hell. Many people when they had Jesus in their hearts were at peace with themselves, and ready to stand before God and face their judgment. I have witnessed many of these people happy to leave the pain and suffering behind as they knew what their future held. Others that had not accepted Jesus and knew they had no hope, were bitter and resentful as they did not know what their future held. Wealth keeps many people from enjoying their lives, as they spend all their waking hours working to accumulate wealth and material possessions, but realize too late that all their wealth has not brought them happiness. Just recently one of the wealthiest men in the world made a large multi million dollar contribution to a very worthwhile charitable organization, and stated in the donation ceremony that this should help pay his way to heaven. Although his donation will certainly assist the needs of people, it certainly will not do anything to get him any priorities in heaven. The wealth that all of us need to obtain is to first ask God to forgive us of our sins, and accept Jesus into our hearts. When we do this one little thing, Jesus will consider us wealthy, and then peace and joy will fill our hearts, and then we will not fear death.
Pastor Robert William Brock, Jr.