THE INSTANT MILLIONAIRE
There is nothing like an afternoon shopping with a friend to make me wish I had a stash of cash constantly replenishing itself. The dress looked too cute, there was a great patio set that would have looked stunning on the deck, I fell in love with every pair of shoes I saw and I so wanted to go on the incredible cruise I saw advertised in the window of the travel agency.
While my friend and I sampled lunch, she offered, “Don’t you just wish you were a millionaire and could just buy whatever you wanted?” I normally would have responded, “You bet!” but her comment found me thinking about something I remembered hearing in Philippians 4:19: My God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
I thought about the things I would never give away, not even for a million dollars. I would never trade my health, my incredible family or friends, or my faith. I would not exchange my sight, my hearing, the ability to walk, talk or make my own choices and I realized I already was a millionaire. I had priceless, irreplaceable gifts that I could no more replace with any amount of money than I could buy my salvation. I was worth more than a million because the Lord had truly taken care of all my needs. I was blessed beyond measure. I had a guarantee from God that I would not lose my inheritance unless I chose to abandon it. He would give me everything I needed to meet my needs.
The shoes I admired would someday wear out, the patio set fade, the cruise would only be a memory, but I would have the inheritance promised by the Lord forever.
How about you? Are you blessed with riches beyond any measure? Can you see your loved ones’ faces, talk with your good friends, hear “I love you” from a child, worship where you choose? Were you given another day to enjoy? Then you too are an instant millionaire!
It is easy to forget what we already have when we are focused on what we still don’t possess. God may not always provide for everything we want but for sure He has given us profound riches, we might easily take for granted when we wish we were a millionaire and forget we already are, many times over.