In the Book of Luke 12:16-21, Jesus gave a parable of a rich man. “And He told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man was very productive. And he began reasoning to himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no place to store my crops?’ Then he said, ‘This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry.”’ But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?’ So is the man who stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”” The desire of this man ended in futility because nothing about him was of Heaven.
When the rich young man visited Jesus Christ my Master, he thought he could cajole Him by calling Him ‘Good Master’. The Master quickly put him where he belonged and told him ‘no one is good except the Father’. That wasn’t all. He thought He would lay His hand on him and say, ‘Son, you’ve done well’. But what he heard shocked him and he went back home in sorrow. “As He was setting out on a journey, a man ran up to Him and knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments, ‘Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not bear false witness, do not defraud, honour your father and mother.’” And he said to Him, “Teacher, I have kept all these things from my youth up.” Looking at him, Jesus felt a love for him and said to him, “One thing you lack: go and sell all you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” But at these words he was saddened, and he went away grieving, for he was one who owned much property.” Mark 10:17-22.
Many Christians are of the notion that God loves wealth. If your idea is correct, He would have made everybody wealthy materially. Wealth in the Father is completely different from what many of you think it is. A man who fears his God shall live in good health and shall lack nothing good. The fact that he fears the Father alone surpasses every other thing. If a man fears the Father, in this present age, you’re like a handicap, you cannot live your life like every other person because you must forgo everything. As Christians, everything that stands as profit or gain for you must be counted for lost for the sake of Heaven.
Those whose desire is in their God will overlook the things of this Earth. The Bible spoke of such people in the Book of Hebrew 11:13-16 that, “All these died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a country of their own. And indeed, if they had been thinking of that country from which they went out, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He has prepared a city for them.”
The desire of Christians should be towards the things that are eternal, not the things that will perish. Those who desire this Earth will perish with it, but those whose desire is in their God shall inherit eternal life. I pray for you this day that Holy Spirit will hold your heart in His hands and help you to make a profitable desire, a desire that’ll last eternally in Jesus name. Amen!