Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;
And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:
~ Ephesians 3:8-9
Imitate the Miser, from The One Thing Needful to Make Poor Sinners Rich, and Miserable Sinners Happy, by William Mason.
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
~ Matthew 6:21
Is not Christ our richest treasure? Should He not be ever in our minds, and our minds ever on Him? O Christian, the riches of your Christ are boundless and bottomless. You have in Christ, unsearchable riches–an inexhaustible treasure which never fails.
O then, imitate the miser. Let your mind dwell on your treasure. Let your treasure be ever uppermost in your mind.
Is the miser’s mind ever upon, and ever going out after his treasure? Just so, let your minds dwell on Christ.
Does the miser value himself by his treasure? Just so, must you value yourself upon Christ.
Is he always poring over his precious wealth? Just so, should you pore over your precious Christ.
Does the miser love to inspect, and count over his beloved gold? O let your mind be ever inspecting your beloved Christ in:
in His wondrous person;
in His amazing love, in laying down His life for you, His enemy;
and in His glorious salvation of you, an ungodly sinner!
Be constantly counting over . . .
all the great and precious promises which you have in Him;
all the graces, blessings, and comforts which you have from Him;
and the certain glory which you soon shall enjoy with Him!
Is the miser careful to keep, and fearful of losing, any part of his possession? So let it be between Christ and your mind. Hold Him fast. Cleave to Him. Be careful to enjoy Him always. Be ever fearful of losing any blessing or comfort He has promised to bestow.
Thus esteem Christ–as your treasure! Let all your hopes center in Him, and all your affections fix upon Him! Until time is swallowed up in eternity–be receiving out of His inexhaustible fullness:
grace upon grace,
blessing upon blessing,
comfort upon comfort!
Christ is your treasure! All other things are but dross and dung compared to Him! Look down with a holy contempt, upon all objects beneath your Beloved.
But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
~ Philippians 3:7-8
A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.
~ Psalm 37:16
By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, and honour, and life.
~ Proverbs 22:4
For the price of wisdom is above rubies.
~ Job 28:18
Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold.
~ Psalm 119:127
Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness.
~ Psalm 52:7
If riches increase, set not your heart upon them.
Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches.
~ Psalm 73:12