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Abiding Wealth

Abiding Wealth

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BY JAMES CRAIG BUCHANAN, M. A.





" . . . rich toward God." — Luke XII, 21.

BY JAMES CRAIG BUCHANAN, M. A.





" . . . rich toward God." — Luke XII, 21.

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ABIDIG WEALTHBY JAMES CRAIG BUCHAA, M. A." . . . rich toward God." — Luke XII, 21.4tT? ICH toward God!" That is to say, rich in God'sestimate — rich according to His way of account-ing — rich in the things that are worth while and abidingand God-approved.Yes, that is to be wealthy indeed, — rich in those thingswhich "neither moth nor rust doth corrupt" and which"thieves" may not "steal."The truth is, brethren, our ideas of wealth are almostwholly materialistic. We count a man rich, who is amoneyed man, or who has real estate or some other kindof this world's gear in great plenty. But the ew Tes-tament has wonderfully little to say about that sort of wealth; except, for the most part, to pity it and to pointout its dangers. It is a different conception of wealth al-together that you get here. "I know thy . . . pov-erty," says the message in the Book of Revelation to theChurch in Smyrna — a much persecuted Church and farfrom being a wealthy Church — , "I know thy works, andtribulation, and poverty; (but thou art rich)," adds theVoice in an arresting and illuminating parenthesis. "Butthou art rich!" What did that mean? Why, it meant — surely — that (spite of their "tribulation and poverty")those people were "rich toward God:" that they wereaboundingly devout and courageous and loyal-to-truth-220
 
Abiding Wealth 22 1and-duty and ready to be "faithful unto death." "Yeknow the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ," writes St.Paul, you remember, "(ye know the grace of our LordJesus Christ), that, though He was rich, yet for yoursakes He became poor." Ay, but it is implied all through,and it is the simple fact, that the Christ was never richerthan when He 'laid down His life,' — was never richer incompassion and in influence and in tokens of the Father'sapproval :"Did e'er such love and sorrow meet,Or thorns compose so rich a crown I"So that in His case the old prophetic word had a remark-able kind of fulfilment, "And He made His grave .. . with the rich in His death."There are quite a few things that money cannot buy.There are three things, in particular, that money cannotbuy: health, brains, and salvation. o doubt a largebank account may enable a man to procure the very bestmedical service or to make his way to the very finestof climates, — and so forth : but, after all has been said, youcannot buy health. o doubt, also, the moneyed man maybuy books and may take advantage of educational oppor-tunities which are closed to those of limited means, andso forth: but, after all has been said, you cannot buybrains, and, in point of fact, some of the world's greatestthinkers and greatest writers and greatest artists andgreatest statesmen have been poor — or next door to it.And, as for buying salvation — as for purchasing emanci-pation of soul and purity of heart and largeness of mindand rectitude and usefulness of life, and a safe convoy tothe Better Country, that is entirely out of the question:222 The Imperishable Heart
 
"for by grace are ye saved through faith; and that notof yourselves : ft is the gift of God : not of works, lest anyman should boast."Then — thank God — there are some things that lack-of-money cannot deprive us of: some mind-and-heartriches of which poverty cannot bankrupt us."He'll hae misfortunes great an' sma', "said Robert Burns of himself — as if prophetically,"He'll hae misfortunes great an' sma,'"But ay a heart aboon them a'."Yes, that is one kind of wealth that the very poorest of thepoor may possess, and may possess securely and abidingly:the "unconquerable soul" — a heart of good cheer."Our greatest yet with least pretence, . . ."Rich in saving common-sense,"wrote Tennyson of the Duke of Wellington. That isanother kind of wealth that may consort with scantymeans: common-sense. To have it is to be able to liverichly: not to have it is to be mighty poor.Then, to be sure, you do not require to be passingrich in order to breathe God's fresh air, or in order toenjoy the smell of the newly-turned earth in Spring, orin order to reciprocate the sparkling courtesy of the stars."My neighbor may have abundance of riches; but he isno nearer the stars than I am." And, I have one or twofriends and one or two accomplishments which, I fullythink, I would not exchange for all the money in the Em-pire State. "Wherefore do ye spend money . . .and your labour for that which satisfleth not?"Truly, my friends, in the enjoyment of life's best gifts"the rich and poor meet together: the Lord is the maker

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