In 2018, Harvard Business School researchers surveyed 4,000 millionaires. When asked how much they would need to be truly happy (10 on a scale of 1–10) over 80% answered between 2 and 10 times more money. The wealthy, like us, assume they would be happier with more money. The lead researcher was interviewed by the Atlantic and his conclusion was that their issue was comparison. If a family had amassed $50 million dollars but they moved into a neighborhood with wealthier families, they had a problem. The question wasn’t, “Do I have enough?” it was, “Do I have more than those around me?”
You could read the verse we started with this morning and you might conclude that Jesus had it out for rich people. Interestingly enough, God called and used some of the wealthiest people on the planet at the time to accomplish His will. From Abraham to Solomon to Job, God called and also financially blessed these men. What I believe Jesus is remarking on in Luke 18:24 is that the man who approached Him believed the lie that resources, money, and stuff will satisfy. Jesus knew it wouldn’t and that it was a massive barrier to the abundance of Jesus.
There is an old sermon illustration about the man who somehow got to Heaven with a wheelbarrow full of gold he had amassed during his life on Earth. He was wealthy and wanted to take it with him. As he walked in with his fortune shining bright for all to see, the greeter welcomed him with open arms. A bit perplexed, he then asked the proud man what he was doing with a barrow full of paving blocks.
Choosing Jesus in 2021 will lead us to a wealth greater than riches. We can take nothing into the next life; and, the sooner we embrace Jesus fully, the more abundance we will behold.
Take three minutes to list every blessing you have because of Jesus.