Was Jesus rich? He didn’t have a big house or a wallet full of money. He told one man that he didn’t even have a bed to sleep on. But he was the richest man that walked on earth. How do I know that? Because of how Jesus lived.
Jesus could feed thousands of people in the middle of the desert—and it didn’t even make a dent in his bank account! Jesus never worried about what he would eat or wear. That’s because he knew that the God who owns the whole world was his Father. If He cared for the birds and flowers, He surely would care for him. And when Jesus was threatened by mobs, he didn’t call the police. Instead he walked away confidently. Jesus said that legions of angels would come to help him if he just asked. That’s better than having a bodyguard of secret police, don’t you think?
Best of all, Jesus’ riches made him happy. He didn’t worry that they would be used up or stolen. Not at all! He came to share his treasure with us. When people asked for things, he was glad to give them what they really needed. He knew his Father had more heavenly riches to give him whenever he asked. That’s because Jesus lived to please God and not himself.
Living rich means having a heart so full of God’s goodness, that we can freely give to the needy people around us. Living rich means we are content and happy with what we have. We are confident that God loves us and will give us what is best. Living rich means we don’t worry about the future or how others treat us, because we know that God is in control of it all. That is how Jesus lived. And that’s what its like to live in the kingdom of heaven.