I was washing plates some days ago when this thought came to my mind. Jesus said something about how hard it will be for rich people to enter into heaven. I kept wondering why he said that. Was it a crime to be rich?
The answer came to me. It wasn’t a crime to be rich. The reason why Jesus said that was because lots of rich people had trust in their wealth. With their wealth, they feel they’re secure. They feel they don’t need God. Why should they pray? Only poor people pray.
There is a tendency to push God aside when blinded by wealth or intelligence. You feel you have no need for God. You feel you shouldn’t bother God since you have all the money you need. When sick, you don’t even bother to pray. Why pray? Only poor people pray. You pick up your phone and call the best doctor in town. When in serious problems, God doesn’t pop into your mind. What pops into your mind is the long list of powerful and influential people you know. God is treated as a last resort; someone to consult when all other options have been exhausted.
It’s not a bad thing to be rich. But it’s wrong and dangerous to put our trust in our WEALTH. That’s why Jesus said it will be so hard for most rich people to get into heaven. They’ve been carried away by their wealth so much that they feel they have no need for God. Most athiests are actually wealthy and well-read. They’ve shoved God out of the picture because of their wealth and intelligence. “God can’t exist. He isn’t real. He’s just a figment of the imagination of overly religious people,” they say.
I don’t know about you but as for me, I’m a stronger believer. I believe God exists. He’s real. And He is IMPORTANT. Since the day I got this revelation of how we put God aside because of wealth or intelligence, I’ve began to pray for grace. To state the fact, we’re all guilty of this. Sometimes, we get bloated by our achievements and intelligence. These things swell us up and move us farther and farther away from God.
God wants to be actively involved in our life. My pastor will always compare the brain to a peanut. Lol. What do we know with our peanut-sized brain? We think we know. But compared to what God knows, what we know is insignificant. Wealth itself is fleeting. One might be so rich today and end up poor tomorrow. Why trust in wealth? Why not trust in God instead? The friends and connections we have might end up deserting us but God won’t.
My earnest prayers are: Lord, don’t allow me to treat you as insignificant because of my intelligence. Help not to trust in wealth but in you. Help me not to be bloated by pride as a result of my achievements. Keep me humble. Clip off every wing of pride in me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.