[Column] Seek Spiritual Blessings Before Bodily Benefits

Seek Spiritual Blessings Before Bodily Benefits

Written By Rev.Dr. Joshua Hong

Senior Pastor of Full Gospel Church of Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.

Esau was the man who sold his birth right over a single bowl of food. We must not be the person who abandons spiritual blessings for the sake of bodily needs like Esau. Those who prioritize work, business, and child education should remember that all their needs will be met once they prioritize God’s kingdom and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33). There is a Chinese saying, “There is not a flower that stays in bloom for over ten days or power that lasts over ten years.” The worldly power and wealth secured solely by human will without God’s assistance are in vain.

In the Greek Mythology, there is a story of King Midas who was blinded by the love of Gold. One day Bacchus visits and proposes to him that whatever he wishes would be granted. The king then asks that anything he touches turn into gold. Immediately anything he lays his hands on turns into gold. As he is excitedly drawn into his new power of fabricating gold, he accidentally touches his daughter and turns her into gold. Anyone he touched turned into gold. As he beheld the rays of the setting Sun fall on the world of gold he created, he cried, “It was not gold I wanted. Give me back my daughter. Bring back my daughter Marigold. It was not gold I wanted. It was a sip of water. I did not want gold. What I wanted was friendship with my old friends.” Does this not reflect our own lives?

I once read the following poem, “With money you can buy a house but not a home. With money you can buy a clock but not time. With money you can buy a bed but not sleep. With money you can buy food but not appetite. With money you can buy a house but not a true family. With money you can buy medicine but not good health. With money you can buy opulence but not happiness. With money you can buy a golden Crucifix but not Christ who was nailed and risen.” That’s right. We must live for eternal life, the invisible yet most precious and invaluable treasure. Every true blessing comes from God. There will be superfluity of Divine grace as we seek spiritual blessings rather than just bodily benefits.

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