Riches I Heed Not
April 29, 2011 § Leave a comment
When the Gospel really grips our heart, and sinks down deep, it changes everything, our motives, our joys, our loves, everything. Mere moral sway won’t really change us. Jonathan Edward’s, Thomas Chalmers, John Piper, Tim Keller, and many others all preach and teach with the Gospel of Jesus Christ at the center, they do this because they know that the truth of the Gospel is much more than just a message of justification, though it certainly and absolutely is a message of justification, but the Gospel is intended to pervade every sphere of our life and heart.
I was singing Be Thou My Vision with my kids this morning and realized that the Gospel was alive and well in the verses of the song, not just as a message of justification, but as a motivator for something else:
Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art.
Why don’t we heed riches anymore? Because heeding riches is wrong? Because someone told us to stop heeding riches? We don’t heed riches anymore because we have a infinitely greater treasure and inheritance that is of far greater worth than mere earthly treasures, namely God Himself.
This reminds me of Abraham and Lot in Genesis 13. Abraham and his nephew Lot get into a skirmish and they decide that its time to separate company. Abraham tells Lot in verse 9, “If you take the left hand, then I will go to the right, or if you take the right hand, then I will go to the left.” Abraham let’s Lot choose first. Lot gets to choose first? Why? Why would Abraham hold his land, wealth, and future prosperity with such an open hand? The answer comes in verse 15 when God tells Abraham to lift his eyes and see “ all the land that you see I will give to you and to your offspring forever.” All of it will belong to Abraham and his offspring. God really wants this to sink in deep for Abraham so in verse 17 God tells Abraham “Arise, walk through the length and the breadth of the land, for I will give it to you.” He has him just get up and walk the land, walk the land and get a glimpse of what you will inherit.
We are Abraham’s offspring, which means that we will inherit the world with Abraham. I think we would do well to “walk around” like Abraham a little more. We sometimes have too much emphasis on doing and not enough on being. So right now, for just a minute just be. Sit under and mediate upon the great and massive truths of the Gospel.
If we are ever going to stop heeding riches, if we are ever going to be like Abraham and let Lot choose first, if are ever going to start doing then it must come from being, we must let the truth of the Gospel sink deeper and deeper into our hearts. Nothing else will change us. Nothing.