All this came upon us,
though we had not forgotten you;
we had not been false to your covenant.
No one is exempt from having to go through trials and tribulations and the Christian life is not necessarily a bed of roses. When the Lord Jesus spoke of life to the full, he meant abundance of life, not abundance of property and facilities. However, in this highly materialistic world we live we are taught to equate well-being with security and wealth accumulation. How easy we forget what the teacher said about greed, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” In spite of the Lord’s warning we act daily as if the only objective of our life was money. There are many people who suffer immensely if they do not get the promotion or the salary increase they were expecting. If we keep our eyes focused on wealth accumulation and not on the owner of the riches we will be experiencing difficulties until we learn the lesson.
Let us be concerned primarily about gaining spiritual riches and the rest of the things will be added without us having to look for them. In any case, the person who is spiritually rich does not depend on material possessions to experience love, peace and joy. Life to the full is the kind life that only Jesus Christ can give. Let us therefore come to him for the blessings he has prepared for all who pay attention to his call and follow him. At his side we will be able to enjoy the abundant life. To God alone be the glory!