Today’s serious question: what is Jesus’ view of material wealth and prosperity in the life of a Christian?
People are worried about material security. Because of the economic consequences of the Corona pandemic, war, and the current inflation in the world’s countries, many people feel insecure.
You are worried about the future and your material well-being. Let’s see what Jesus says about this.
Prosperity in the Life of a Christian
You might think that Jesus did not have much to say on this subject. He talked about sin, salvation, and heaven. But this is not the case. It is amazing how often Jesus spoke about money and possessions. It is a common theme in the biblical texts about him.
So the question is, what is Jesus’ view of material wealth and prosperity in the life of a Christian?
Being with Jesus is a Treasure
A good example is a parable in Matthew 13:44: The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again and then, in his joy, went and sold all he had and bought that field.
Jesus compared the Kingdom of Heaven to a precious treasure. But remember that being with Jesus is the Kingdom of Heaven. Therefore, being with Jesus is like discovering a treasure.
He spoke of a field in which the treasure was buried. Someone discovered this treasure but buried it again and sold all his possessions to buy the field, along with all the treasure hidden there.
The man found the treasure and gave everything to get it. The brief description does not mention what it was and its value.
All in one account!
So this man puts up all his possessions for treasure. He puts all his eggs in one basket.
But that’s what Jesus meant by this parable: a relationship with Him, with Jesus, is not a nice joke or the icing on the cake of life but something more precious and vital than anything else.
Jesus’ position is: “Be reborn from above with your whole soul and body; otherwise, it doesn’t work; otherwise, it doesn’t make sense!”
Two different principles:
- In investing, put your eggs in different baskets.
- In life, put everything you have in Jesus.
But Jesus also created the whole of himself: he became a man and lived fully as a man. And not with the possibility to “push the button” for a moment and take advantage of the possibilities of the Son of God for his life. Jesus lived with a desire to please his Father and to do what was important to him.
Your Life is in the Best Hands
A person is like a treasure. A very precious treasure worth risking everything for. This is also true for Jesus himself.
Not only did he do all this in the presence of his heavenly Father. He was also prepared to give up literally everything, even his life, for the treasure, that is, you and me! Now that’s what it means!
This can only be understood when you recognize the truth that Jesus loves every human being indescribable. He gave His life on the cross to build you a bridge to God.
Jesus once said to his friends, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.”. (John 15:13-14)
If you want to respond to what Jesus has done for you, give your life to Him and do what He tells you to do. Your life is in the best hands because he loves you immeasurably.
If you do this, it will change your life. Try it! Then experience what it is like to buy a field with treasure.