Something I saw posted on Facebook courtesy of Darryl Teo:
A Christian’s Possessions:
A tax officer came one day to a poor Christian to determine the amount of taxes he would have to pay. The following conversation took place:
“What property do you possess?” asked the assessor.
“I am a very wealthy man,” replied the Christian.
“List your possessions, please,” the assessor instructed.
The Christian said:
“First, I have everlasting life, John 3:16
Second, I have a mansion in heaven, John 14:2
Third, I have a perfect conscience & peace that passes all understanding, Philippians 4:7
Fourth, I have joy unspeakable, 1 Peter 1:8
Fifth, I have divine love which never fails, 1 Corinthians 13:8
Sixth, I have a faithful wife, Proverbs 31:10
Seventh, I have healthy, happy obedient children, Exodus 20:12
Eighth, I have true, loyal friends, Proverbs 18:24
Ninth, I have songs in the night, Psalms 42:8
Tenth, I have a crown of life, James 1:12
The tax assessor closed his book, and said,
“Truly you are a very rich man, but your property is not subject to taxation.”
I pray that all of us will have this kind of tax free “wealth.”
“According to His riches in Glory”
This is the reason why Christians can claim to be rich. We are co-heirs of God’s Kingdom (Galatians 4:7). Our blessings are not merely for our own benefit, but to portray the richness of God’s blessings as a christian to the world. For how else can we bless except we first be blessed? James 1:17 tells us that
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” So everything that we have that can bless others is not ours to begin with, but God’s. So freely we have received, freely we should give ( Blessings, forgiveness and so on).
But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. – 1 John 3 17-18
Scriptural Readings: 1 John 1 thru 1 John 3