Yours, LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand. (I Chronicles 29:11-14, NIV)
“Come here, son,” my executive client said condescendingly as he unfurled a roll of computer paper on which was printed his numerous investments. “With the interest I earn from this investment, I send my son to medical school. With this other one, I send my daughter to law school.” Shooting an arrogant glance my way, he puffed out his chest and asked, “Now, son, just how many of my assets do you need to see to approve my mortgage application?”
As a bank loan officer, I’ve keenly watched people’s expressions as we completed the net worth section of their loan applications. Sadly, some people mistakenly associate their self-worth with their net worth. Then, in a moment of economic crisis, their self-esteem and outlook plummet along with the financial markets.
As a follower of God, who fully trusts His sovereignty, I’ve learned it’s important to keep a few things in biblical perspective. First, everything belongs to God and comes from Him as He chooses – wealth, job promotions, setbacks, etc. Secondly, I really don’t “own” anything; rather, I’m a steward or caretaker of what God temporarily entrusts to me. Finally, I’ve come to realize my value isn’t based on my accumulation of earthly possessions. Instead, my true worth is found in the biblical truths that confirm I’ve been wonderfully and marvelously made by God Almighty and bought at a great price with the precious blood of Jesus.
So, the next time you’re feeling arrogant about your wealth or have a case of the “financial market blues,” remind yourself you are one of God’s invaluable creations! He made you specifically for His divine purpose; then He died for you so you could establish and enjoy an intimate relationship with Him! Both of which make your true net worth immeasurable!
Go ahead – celebrate your incredible value today with a prayer of thanksgiving to Him from whom all your blessings flow!