Jack Ma is a Chinese business magnate, investor and philanthropist who founded a multinational technology conglomerate Alibaba Group. He was also listed as one of the world’s most powerful people according to Forbes and Fortue. In the global ranking also, he is one of wealthiest billionaires in the world. There is another side of Jack Ma that is miserable. His son died because of brain cancer when he was 22 years old. His daughter has congenital heart disease. His wife, Ma Zhang Ying had breast cancer, Jack Ma was diagnosed with colorectal cancer. All his wealth could not buy health for his family members. Yes, people envy Jack Ma riches. He probably envies who are healthy but poor. Riches is not indication of blessing of God.
Rich farmer was so glad to get a bumper harvest. He planned to extend his warehouses and store grains for his future to eat, drink, relax, and enjoy. (Luke 12: 19) However, God said he will die and asked him what will happen to his riches. (Luke 12:20) Lord taught this parable for disciples to learn: one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions (Luke 12:15) Lord also warned about the deceitful nature of riches. (Mark 4:19) Lord taught one who lays up treasure unto himself is not rich towards God. (Luke 12:21)
All of us need three-time meals, clothes and safe place to stay. Meals could be simple or sumptuous, clothes could be simple or royal and home could be one-room apartment or a palace. The circle of needs could expand as ripples, but the essential need is the same. Learning to be content with godliness is great gain. (I Timothy 6:6) Laying treasures in heaven is wisdom. (Matthew 6:19-21)
Believers need not fret when ungodly, wicked and unrighteous prosper. (Psalms 37:7) Instead thank God for blessedness of receiving forgiveness from God. (Psalms 32:1)
Do I celebrate the blessedness of being forgiven?