Fame, Wealth and Pleasure. Is this All that Matters? John Erhabor
Have you ever wondered what benefit you have being a Christian? Looking at the world now, we see that the wicked are getting richer, the thief is amassing wealth and living his or her life in abundance . We come back to ourselves and ask, "what benefits are there in associating with Christ?"
One thing I have always said when this question is brought up to me is: What is their end? The Bible in Proverbs 37:38, NIV, "But all sinners will be destroyed; there will be no future for the wicked." Here, we can clearly see that the end of the wicked is really not pleasant so we have no cause to envy. No wonder it is said in Proverbs 24:1, "Do not envy the wicked, do not desire their company..."
Three things define the world today: fame, wealth and pleasure. These three are what the world pursues. The sad thing is that fame, wealth and pleasure can not sustain in the long haul. It can only give satisfaction but for a short while. As Christians, our aim should be different. You may ask, why? And the truth is not faraway. We have a vast measure of resources at our disposal that we should fully explore and relish. In Ephesians 1:3 , "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ". As Christians, we are blessed immeasurably, why envy the wicked?
Is it wealth, prosperity, fame, good health—whatever good you can think of, we have all in Christ. Moreover in Christ you have peace, good health, long life and these are things the world cannot give. In Psalm 91:16, it is said that, "With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation"
Look at history and you will realise that the end of the righteous is always beautiful. Do not be tempted to turn your back, or throw in the towel. Move on, beauty lies ahead. Beauty is in you already. The path of the righteous is like a shining light that keeps getting brighter until the new day sun (Proverbs 4:18). You are the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21). You are God's peculiar person, you are royalty (1 Peter 2:9). You have full access to the Father (Ephesians 2:18). Wealth, health is all at your disposal. Peace is your lot. You are truly immensely blessed.
Whenever the thought comes to you whether there be any benefit of associating with Christ simply say to your self, I have been blessed with all blessings I could think of in Christ"
In the words of Max Lucado, "God never said that the journey would be easy, but He did say that the arrival would be worthwhile.”
Erhabor John is a Christian and a doctor. He is a lover of God, a born healer. He is committed to the pursuit of excellence in all spheres of life and aspires to bring hope to his generation.
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