Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The Glimmering Penny

       A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked” (Psalm 37:16).

     Fleeting are the pleasures of those who ignore or reject the Lord Jesus Christ.  He alone constitutes life in its truest sense – “to live is Christ” (Philippians 1:21).  Thus, a crumb eaten in faith satisfies far more than a sumptuous feast partaken without acknowledgement and appreciation directed toward the Provider of all things.

     Life lived with God - both in relationship and in conscious awareness – makes possible an enjoyment of His gifts that does not otherwise exist.  The businessman who seals his deal for millions in profit may benefit in many ways from the hard work and good fortune that fills his coffers.  The pauper may buy only a morsel with the penny he finds along the difficult pathways of his existence.  However, if the former fails to give thanks, and if the latter looks toward Heaven with gratitude, the penny will glimmer with riches infinitely beyond the fading flickers of ever-waning worldly wealth.  Indeed, the contentment of Christ remains with the penny acknowledged as His loving gift and provision. “Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not?  For riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven… Lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt  ” (Proverbs 23:5; Matthew 6:20). 

     We often hear of money and possessions that “you can’t take them with you when you die.”  Certainly, this is true of bounty unrecognized as blessing.  However, we do take with us those things provided by God for which we humbly gave thanks.  That is, we take with us the Christ who was the true joy of every joy, the actual blessing of all blessings, and the very Life of our lives.  God’s gifts experienced with a grateful heart cause the seemingly smallest provisions to loom infinitely large in the light of eternity.  The breath of this moment comprises one of those inconspicuous bestowals of grace.  Let us give thanks, and thus experience yet again the full heart of “to live is Christ.”

“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
(Matthew 6:19-21)

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