Who is really well off? How do we define well being? Can we feel secure in an insecure world?
Typically, in the west, "well-being" is largely a function of money (the well-off, have the most; the well -off are the most secure; the well-off have it made).
But somewhere deep inside, we know that money really can't ground our being or secure our existence. (You probably have more money and possessions than you did 20 years ago... Do you feel more secure?)
Here is a different approach to finding our worth and security...
- The Bible tells us that God created everything ex-nihilo (out of nothing); that all material existence is sustained by his immaterial being; that he is the basis of reality.
- It tells us that we can know God in Christ. It tells us that this knowledge brings us into life now that will bleed into eternity ( an eternal kind of life).
- It tells us that those who enter into life have it in abundance. It tells us that nothing can take this life from us.
That means the most well-off people in the universe are those who know him, who are sustained by him, whose existence is secured by him.
Romans 8:35 - "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?... No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
If God secures our lives now, and then for all eternity, then we truly are the most secure, the most well-off people in the world.