Really...can I really say 'riches I heed not?' It seems I am always looking for resources to do "this or that" around my house. Or, "I wish I had more money to get a new set of golf clubs." Or, I really would like some "new clothes." Yes ladies guys make that last statement also.
So...can I really say 'riches I heed not?'
That line comes one of my favorite hymns Be Thou My Vision (I have posted the words and video below). I like it for a number of reasons: it has a great melody, it is singable and the text is great poetry. Most of the stanzas are encouraging and refreshing. It is easy to sing for those reasons.
I don't like it because the words on the next to the last stanza are so convicting...riches I heed not...REALLY?
Jesus talked about money, possessions and material things more than any other subject. It must have been a big deal for Him and He knew it would be a big deal for us. What I get from the parables he taught on this subject is not really about money but what are we going to do with what He has given us.
Take a look at Luke 16:1-13. When you get to the last verses read them slow, I had to and I had to ask my self: 'riches I heed not...REALLY?'
Be Thou My Vision
Be Thou my vision O Lord of my heart Naught be all else to me Save that Thou art Thou my best thought By day or by night Waking or sleeping Thy presence my light
Be Thou my wisdom Be Thou my true Word I ever with Thee And Thou with me Lord Thou my great Father I Thy true son Thou in me dwelling And I with Thee one
Be Thou my shield And my sword for the fight Be Thou my dignity Be Thou my might Thou my soul's shelter And Thou my high tow'r Raise Thou me heav'nward O pow'r of my pow'r
Riches I heed not Nor man's empty praise Thou mine inheritance Now and always Thou and Thou only Be first in my heart High King of heaven My treasure Thou art
High King of heaven When vict'ry is won May I reach heaven's joys O bright heaven's Sun Heart of my own heart Whatever befall Still be my vision O Ruler of all