Today’s Scripture: The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. For He hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods. PsalmĀ 24:1-2

In 2000, the world had 470 billionaires who collectively owned $898 billion. Now, in 2015, we currently have more billionaires than ever before. Across the globe, these 1,826 members of the wealthy elite own about $7.1 trillion. In light of that fact, I have a question not just for the wealthy, but also for Christians to consider: If you can’t take it with you, did you ever really own it? I have never seen a U-haul hooked up to a hearse. The truth is that no one on this planet owns a single dime. Honestly, we do not even own our bodies. “The earth is the Lord and the fullness thereof” means that God literally, not figuratively, owns each little bird, every pebble, and each breath that we take.

Sometimes we look at the riches of this world and desire them so badly that we forget all about our future in Heaven, what has been promised to us, and what is being prepared for us there right now. We start comparing ourselves to others and throw God’s faithfulness to us out the window. Instead of looking back at all He has given that we do not deserve, we observe the prosperous unsaved or sometimes even wealthy believers and begin to boil with envy. Life starts to look very unfair, and soon, all we can see are the dollar signs…or lack of them.

If we are living for God, how can we think life to be unfair when we have Heaven to look forward to afterwards? Each day is a gift, whether it is blessed monetarily or not, and every moment is on loan from God. He already gave us His only begotten Son to die in humiliating agony on a cross for our sins. Should we really feel like He owes us anything when He has already given us everything?

In a time when money means the world to most people, we need to get our perspective of prosperity right. Living God’s way, following God’s Word, and having God’s blessing is the recipe for true prosperity-it’s not about how many flamingoes you can fit on your expensive vacation-home lawn. You will never be able to put a price-tag on what Christ has already done for you. Your life has been spared from the raging fires of an eternal hell. Whether you have been blessed financially or you are as poor as a church mouse, do not let your monetary status determine your desire to serve the Lord. The only thing you can take with you to Heaven is what you have done for the One Who gave everything to see you there.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder