This past Sunday morning, I had the privilege of preaching at Floyd’s Creek Church. One of the songs we sang was an old song, “I’d Rather Have Jesus.” The lyrics go;
“I’d rather have Jesus than silver or gold
I’d rather be his than have riches untold
I’d rather have Jesus than houses or land
Yes I’d rather be led by his nail pierced hands
Than to be the king of a best domain and beheld in sins dread sway
I’d rather have Jesus than anything this world affords today.”
As we sang, I thought about the lyrics. Now, be honest here… Would we REALLY rather have Jesus than “silver or gold?” Would we REALLY rather have Jesus than “worldwide fame?” We live in a very materialistic culture.
In James 5, James talks about wealth. He says, “Look here, you rich people: Weep and groan with anguish because of all the terrible troubles ahead of you. Your wealth is rotting away, and your fine clothes are moth-eaten rags.”
Think about those verses… “your wealth is rotting away and your fine clothes are moth-eaten rags.”
Then, he adds, “Your gold and silver are corroded… the very wealth you were counting on will east away your flesh like fire.”
He’s talking about the folly of wealth. Now, wealth.. money… in an of itself is ok. Nothing wrong with it. I know people who are wealthy who are great givers. But, the LOVE of money is not good. The LOVE of money can keep a person from asking Christ into their lives. It can keep a person from serving the Lord as they should.
But… that’s not the point I’m trying to make… what we need to know is that money does not bring happiness. We need to know that a lack of money does not mean we are worthless or insignificant.
So, the old song says;
“I’d rather have Jesus than anything… ”
That means, if our bank accounts were empty but we had Jesus we’d be ok.
If we were living in a very small house with very few modern features but we had Jesus, we’d be ok.
If we drove a very basic vehicle… with so no power windows… or seats… or a sunroof… or a modern entertainment system… but it gets us from home to work and back… but we had Jesus… we’d be ok.
This world can make you think if you don’t have money.. if you don’t have stuff… you ain’t worth much. But this world is wrong. Wealth does not bring happiness. Only Jesus does.