Sharing Our Faith Together

What wealth does the world need?

by Stuart Malkin 8 March 2022

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More than 20 years ago I had a wonderful present to celebrate my 50th birthday. My son and I had a day at Silverstone, watching a number of F1 races but what really made the day was going inside the pits and looking at the variety of cars there, old and new. One of those old cars was a 1947 MG.  I recall saying to Vaughn, “You can buy me one of those when you win the football pools!”. A stupid request really, as I knew he didn’t do them. At that moment I had experienced something that many people momentarily go through in life, GREED! (a number of years later I bought a scale model, boy's toys, some would say).
Wealth comes in numerous guises, meaning different things, however, a dictionary definition says - A large amount of money and other valuable items eg, ‘His wealth is so great his money does not mean anything to him’.
Watching the news,  as I’m sure many of you have, and seeing what is happening in the Ukraine.  At the moment one cannot but be saddened to see the faces mainly of women wondering what is happening to their men folk and their homes subjected to bombing. The little children not understanding why they are not at home able to see playmates. One of the saddest things was when a mother tried to calm a youngster who asked what the noise was, her mother’s reply was that it was fireworks. In the coming days millions of people are going to find themselves in foreign lands with help from people they do not know or worse in government controlled dwellings.  Any form of wealth they may have had has been taken over by the warring factions, home and families never to be seen again.  One has to ask what goes through the minds of all creating these horrific situations, while they stay safe in their places of home and work.
Someone once wrote, power corrupts and nothing corrupts more than power,
One has to ask whether it is the first word in this statement that ruins the world especially when the weak always suffer the most.  How wealthy the world could be if power and might were erased and the sharing concept became a reality.  In the song to follow, a rich young man went to Jesus and asked about achieving eternal life.   Jesus gave him an answer, part of which was to give up all you have and follow me.  He went away sad and presumably not willing to give up his wealth and power.

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Reading: Matthew 6 :19 to 21 Riches in Heaven
“Do not store up riches for yourselves here on earth, where moths and rust destroy, and robbers break in and steal.  Instead store up riches for yourselves in heaven,  moth and rust cannot destroy and robbers cannot break in and steal.  For your heart will always be where your riches are.

We are told by Jesus to store up treasures in heaven and we need to remember how precious heaven is, for that is where God is and his Son. What more could we want?
At this time pray for the terrible things that are happening around the world and remember those that do not how rich they could be and ultimately knowing real wealth,  that wealth is to them.