A wealthy man felt torment plaguing his soul, for his worries had suffocated him despite his enormous wealth. He left his castle which was surrounded by a vast land, and hired some workers to dig a lake and establish some canals to convert all this land to gardens that would surround his castle.
The wealthy man then heard one of these workers singing. He stood from afar listening to this worker and he heard him say:
“My father is rich with all the castles He has prepared for my family and me,
Generous in giving, He gives freely without reproach.
All the riches of the world are in His hands.
His treasuries are full of precious stones and gems,
I am truly the son of the King, the son of the great King.
My Savior Jesus prepares for me an inheritance and glory.
Who is happier than I am!
Who is richer than me!”
The heart of the miserable rich man was moved before the words of this worker, which came from a joyful heart. The rich man approached the worker, greeted him then asked, “Timo, why are you singing meaningless words? You’re but a worker digging canals but you claim that you’re rich, happy and the son of a rich king.”
Timo answered, “My lord, I don’t say meaningless words, but truth I live and sense with every breath in my life. God is my Father. He gives me much. Thus, I sing praises to Him. My hut is small and is on the outskirts of the city, but I’m happy with it. When I finish my working day, I return to my hut and find my wife and children awaiting me. They kiss me and I embrace and kiss them. We sit together, pray, thank God and then we eat with gladness. Why shouldn’t I sing to my rich God then?”
The rich man sighed saying to himself, “He’s a simple and poor worker, but he’s rich with his God who fills his heart and the hearts of his family with love. I’m wealthy. I possess a castle and land and fields, but I’m poor. His family is happy and rejoice with him, while mine awaits their inheritance.”
The rich man looked at the worker, Timo, and then said to him, “Timo, I wish to possess what you possess.”(7)
Promised to those who love Him” (Jam. 2.5)?
You are my richness, You who fills my heart with love.
You are my life, You who bestows resurrection to my soul.
You are my praise and joy, O the desire of my heart.
May I carry You within me, You who fills heaven and earth.
Let me see You face to face, my Good Savior.
(7) Naismith, Archibald. 2400 Outlines, Notes, Quotes, Anecdotes for Sermons. Vol. 2, 205.
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