The Riches Of A Pure Heart

"And Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, 'How hard it will be for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God!' And the disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said to them again, 'Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.' And they were exceedingly astonished, and said to him, 'Then who can be saved?' Jesus looked at them and said, 'With men it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God.'" 1

"O the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! 'For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor? Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?' For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory for ever. Amen." 2

Pure Riches

My spirit, in its simple way,
Seeks its riches in the Lord.
The love He gives we can't repay;
Nor could we ever afford.

For all that we can take beyond,
Is the love we give away.
The things of which our hearts grow fond,
Vanish with the close of day.

My spirit struggles to be free,
Of these things that weigh it down.
The things I think make me happy,
Turns a smile to a frown.

My spirit finds its true freedom,
In the purest love of God.
Our hearts become His new kingdom;
As they dance with joy and laud.

(c) Paul Buis, 2000

1. Mark 10: 23-27
2. Romans 11:33-36