According to Mother Teresa, the spiritual poverty in the western world is WORSE than the physical poverty in Calcutta.
She said, “You in the West have millions of people who suffer such terrible loneliness and emptiness… These people are not hungry in the physical sense, but they are in another way. They know they need something more than money, yet they don’t know what it is. What they are missing really is a living relationship with God.”
Mother Teresa tapped into the fact that there is a spiritual void in many people’s lives—a void they try to fill with money, possessions and stuff.
But in the Bible, Paul teaches that people who are rich in this life shouldn’t put their hope in money. It’s a hope that is both false and fleeting. Instead, they should put their hope in God. His command is for people to “be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share” (1 Timothy 6:18).
How’s that for counter-cultural? You get rich by GIVING—not getting.
But I don’t think we’ll ever be able to actually live that way if we don’t have that “living relationship with God.”
When a relationship is dead, there is no communication.
When a relationship is dead, there is no joy.
When a relationship is dead, there is no trust.
But when a relationship is living, there is communication; there is joy; and there is trust. And since you have so much, you also have much to give away.
Do you want to side-step the spiritual poverty of our time? Then put your hope in God, and “be rich in good deeds” and “generous and willing to share.”
You get rich by giving not getting.
By Matthew Ruttan
- Today’s “Up!” is based on Sunday’s 21-minute podcast called “How to be wealthy (without any money).” You can listen in here. Enjoy!