“Even Kings and emperors with heaps of wealth and vast dominion cannot compare with an ant filled with the love of God.” Guru Nanak

We work. That is a fact of life. Whatever your calling or your station in life, there is always some work to be done. And work is good. From work, we derive satisfaction and pleasure. Yet we should always do well to remember that this is why we work,

“Let the thief steal no more, but rather let him be industrious, making an honest living with his own hands, so that he may be able to give to those in need.” Ephesians 4:28 [AMPC]

We work to keep us from idle trouble and so that we can bless those in need.

But for some of us, we think that work is a means to sustenance. Now, while the world may make us feel that the accumulation of wealth is crucial for sustenance, there comes a point when accumulation becomes pointless because the satisfaction that comes from each successive unit accumulated becomes less and less. This is not the law of God, this is the Law of Diminishing Marginal Utility; economics.

And while this law was articulated by Alfred Marshall in the not too distant past, its reality was recorded for us by Solomon.

“I made my works great, I built myself houses, and planted myself vineyards. I made myself gardens and orchards, and I planted all kinds of fruit trees in them. I made myself water pools from which to water the growing trees of the grove. I acquired male and female servants, and had servants born in my house. Yes, I had greater possessions of herds and flocks than all who were in Jerusalem before me. I also gathered for myself silver and gold and the special treasures of kings and of the provinces. I acquired male and female singers, the delights of the sons of men, and musical instruments of all kinds.
So I became great and excelled more than all who were before me in Jerusalem. Also my wisdom remained with me.
Whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them.
I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure,
For my heart rejoiced in all my labor;
And this was my reward from all my labor.
Then I looked on all the works that my hands had done
And on the labor in which I had toiled;
And indeed all was vanity and grasping for the wind.
There was no profit under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 2:4-11

Solomon really seemed to have it all, didn’t he? Many of the possessions he had, we are now trying to amass for ourselves. Yet we do this with the full knowledge and realization that the act of amassing for ourselves riches in the here and now will eventually lead us to a point where they will mean little to us. So why do we do it?

Indeed, the pointless mass accumulation of wealth may also have detrimental effects. It is little wonder then that Jesus reminds us,

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.” Matthew 6:19-20

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21

Remember the rich young ruler?

“Now behold, one came and said to Him, “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?”
So He said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.”
He said to Him, “Which ones?”
Jesus said, “‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ ”
The young man said to Him, “All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack?”
Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”
But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.” Matthew 19:16-22

When we pointlessly amass possessions, our possessions possess us and make us think that since we have merited so much in the natural, we can merit our way into Heaven. Now, this is dangerous on two levels. Firstly, by forgetting that our salvation was a gift freely given by God our Father through the death and resurrection of Jesus, His Son; and by thinking that we can somehow merit our way into Heaven by our own works, we are rejecting Jesus’ gift of salvation, and remember, Jesus said,

“I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6

And secondly, when we do this, we unnecessarily carry the burdens of our lives on our own shoulders and soon, we will get weary, for it is written,

“Cursed is the man who trusts in man
And makes flesh his strength,
Whose heart departs from the Lord.
For he shall be like a shrub in the desert,
And shall not see when good comes,
But shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness,
In a salt land which is not inhabited.” Jeremiah 17:5-6

Beloved, for us who believe, there should be no more labor except to enter our Father’s rest (Hebrews 4:11) because Jesus said,

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
So you work because that station in life is that which our Father has purposed for you. You work so that you can bless others. But you should never work with the sole mission, view and purpose of sustenance and wealth accumulation; because that is when wealth becomes unhealthy.

Remember beloved, like food, wealth is neutral. It is just a collection of things. In moderation, it is good for you. But in excess, it causes problems. For money is not the root of all evil, instead

“…the love of money is a root of all evils; it is through this craving that some have been led astray and have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves through with many acute [mental] pangs.” 1 Timothy 6:10 [AMPC]

But perhaps for you this question of excess is not on the cards. For you, the issue of sustenance is more prevalent. Well then rejoice, beloved, for yours is not a problem at all. For remember that Jesus has promised,

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7:7-11

“And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” John 14:13-14

“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:31-33

Instead, “…whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” Mark 11:24

Regardless of your station and situation, fill your mind with a consciousness of His love; for with it comes His protection and His provision. Be on the lookout for His purpose in the work that you are led to do and leave the rest to Him. For if it is needs that you are worried about, remember that our Father has said,

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declared the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 [NIV]

So have confidence for “…my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Jesus Christ.” Philippians 4:19

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