Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith? (James 2:5)

JESSIE NEVER WORRIED about making a fashion statement or driving the newest car. That was a good thing, because her family could have never afforded it. She had worked her way through nursing school and Bible college, then dedicated herself to a church-run mobile clinic in the Appalachian foothills. Because she didn’t grow up with much, she didn’t need much to enjoy life. Her work clothes were her medical smock and blue jeans. She used her time off to garden and to help sponsor the youth group at her church. She led a Bible study for teenage girls in the community, and became known for her jump shot in pickup basketball games with the kids in town.

Even in the first century church, it was clear that people who focused less on material possessions and keeping up appearances enjoyed other benefits. James noted that such people were often rich in faith; maybe because they had time to invest in relationships, beginning with their connection to God.

Jessie introduced Dan, the clinic doctor who became her husband, to classmates at her ten-year nursing school reunion. One classmate asked Jessie, “When are you two going to settle down and make some real money?” Jessie replied, “Why on earth would we ever want to give up the rich life we have? Minimum hassles, maximum satisfaction!” Jessie’s investment in riches that matter had indeed paid off.

Find a way to create true riches this week and do it.

Steve Wamberg is a husband, dad, writer, and pastor who loves preaching, teaching, music, coffee, and Nebraska football.

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