That you were enriched in everything by Him in all utterance and all knowledge.
1 Corinthians 1:5
There is no doubt that most human beings yearn to possess riches. In material terms, only a small percentage of humanity achieves this goal. The vast majority stay halfway and barely meet their basic needs. If we live only on the world’s wealth and believe that we will reach happiness when we are rich, we could end up frustrated. But when we look at Jesus and the abundant life that He has given us, we will feel truly enriched in Him.
Recently someone sent me a video where the late Argentine singer Facundo Cabral told a story. Facundo’s story goes like this: “God took the form of a beggar and went down to the village. He looked for the shoemaker’s house and said, ‘Brother, I’m very poor, I do not have a single coin on it, these are my only sandals and they’re broken. Can you do me the favor of repairing them?’ The shoemaker said, ‘I’m tired of everyone coming to ask me and no one to give me.’
The Lord told him, ‘I can give you what you need.’ The suspicious shoemaker watching a beggar asked him, ‘Can you give me the million dollars I need to be happy?’ The Lord said, ‘I can give you ten times more than that, but in exchange for something.’ ‘In exchange for what?’ The shoemaker asked. ‘In exchange for your legs.’ The shoemaker asked, ‘Why do I want ten million dollars if I cannot walk?’
Then the Lord said, ‘I can give you a hundred million dollars in exchange for your arms.’ The shoemaker asked, ‘Why do I want a hundred million dollars if I will not even be able to eat alone?’ Then the Lord said, ‘I can give you a billion dollars in exchange for your eyes.’ The shoemaker thought for a moment and asked, ‘Why do I want a billion dollars if I am not going to be able to see my wife, my children, and my friends?’ Then the Lord said to him, ‘Oh, brother, brother, what a fortune you have and you do not realize it!’”
And as this story of Facundo Cabral says, we all have a fortune, although many we do not realize. Apart from our own body, or our family, there are many treasures that we possess without realizing it. God has given us many gifts and talents that we do not value. To some He has given beautiful voices, others have the talent to write or paint, others do wonderful things with their hands or are excellent sportsmen. Each one of these gifts and talents constitutes a fortune for who owns it.
Would we be happier if we have a million dollars, or ten, a hundred or a billion? Money would not make us happier because, if it were, there would be no depressed rich, committing suicide or abusing alcohol or drugs. In the same way that people without money falls into depression, suicide, alcoholism and drugs, millionaires can suffer from the same. As the title of an old Mexican telenovela said, the rich also cry, their fortune is no guarantee of happiness.
But in Christ we have been enriched, not with fleeting earthly fortunes, but with eternal fortunes. In Matthew 6:19-21 we read, 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. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Let us long for the heavenly treasures. God bless you.