SOME FRIENDS once came to our house for a visit and showed us photos of their experiences from the day they went to live among the indigenous people. They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, and it is true. Those pictures showed us a church with a tin roof and improvised benches. There were no signs of material wealth anywhere. In fact, they had gone to live there because they had felt a calling. They had left their personal businesses and very high salaries—compared to what they received as missionaries in that place—because there was no greater reward for them than to see their native friends, one by one, going down into the baptismal waters and accepting the message of Jesus Christ. They were rich in spiritual treasures.
While speaking with them, there came to my mind the case of the rich young ruler. Do you remember the Bible story? It is in Matthew 19:16—24. A young man who had everything went to see Jesus and asked Him what he had to do to have eternal life. Jesus said to him, » ‘Sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.’ But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful» (verses 21, 22). «Only one thing he lacked, but that was a vital principle. He needed the love of God in the soul. This lack, unless supplied, would prove fatal to him; his whole nature would become corrupted. By indulgence, selfishness would strengthen. That he might receive the love of God, his supreme love of self must be surrendered» (Ellen G. White, The Desire of Ages, ch. 57, p. 519)
Today I have to engage in self-analysis and ask myself where my levels of selfishness are at: 1) similar to the situation of the rich young ruler or 2) similar to the attitude of my friends who chose to get involved with the mission of preaching the gospel, even if it meant giving up everything else. If I find myself where I do not want to be, I have the fortune of having a Miracle Worker, a God to whom I can say, «Lord, I need Your love in my soul; help me. «Where is your treasure? If the love of God is not your treasure, selfishness will become stronger within you. May you choose to have riches in heaven, rather than accumulating things here that will not help you there.
«If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me»(Matthew 19:21).