“I am vs. I do”

“A man is rich according to what he is, not according to what he has.” –Unknown

Who are you? Here are the answers many give to this question: boss, coach, student, athlete, parent, son, daughter, friend, etc. We are a lot of things to a lot of people. But who are we before God?

The world determines wealth by what we do and what we have in a bank somewhere (or what we use to have in a bank somewhere)! But from God’s perspective, what makes you rich? What you do, or who you are?

Do you think there is any kind of worldly success that would impress God? It is hard to impress a deity who hangs out in a place where they use gold as pavement. So why would anything we do leave Him in awe of us. No, God measures success by a different tape measure than the world we live in. He measures a person’s heart! How we treat others, how we serve others, our desire to live obedient to God’s Word, these are the currencies of choice for the Lord.

What does His Word say?:

Better the little that the righteous have than the wealth of many wicked.
Psalm 37:16

Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.
Proverbs 11:4

Whoever trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf. Proverbs 11:28

Don’t get me wrong; I think the Lord wants us to be as successful as we can be, but never at the sacrifice of our obedience and relationship to Him. This is not about being successful, or having wealth, it is all about the condition of your heart, the condition of my heart. When it is all said and done, God won’t look at earthly success, He will look to your spiritual condition. Did you love Him, serve Him, and glorify Him?

Just a thought!


Credit: Lance Brown with WHOYOUWITH ministries, a Sports Chaplain at Vanderbilt University
Submitted by Ken Cross.

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