The Richest Person

Posted on 11/15/2015 by Rev. Benjamin R. Faust D.D.

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RIVER OF LIFE

I've got a river of life flowing out of me!
Makes the lame to walk, and the blind to see.
Opens prison doors, sets the captives free!
I've got a river of life flowing out of me!

Spring up, O well, within my soul!
Spring up, O well, and make me whole!
Spring up, O well, and give to me
That life abundantly.


TAKE ME IN TO THE HOLY OF HOLIES

Take me into the Holy of Holies
take me in by the Blood of the Lamb
Take me into the Holy of Holies
take the coal, touch my lips, here I am

Take me past the outer courts
into the Holy Place
Past the brazen altar
Lord, I want to see your face
Pass me by the crowds of people
and the priests who sing your praise
I hunger and thirst for your righteousness
and it's only found one place


I LOVE YOU LORD

I love you, Lord
And I lift my voice
To worship You
Oh, my soul rejoice!
Take joy my King
In what You hear
Let it be a sweet, sweet sound in Your ear


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For those who don't know,
Mariposa and I
both work as cashiers
for a large retailer.

Well the other day,
a young man
went through my line,
and he commented
that I don't get paid
enough, and should
get paid a lot more,

but corporations
are evil, and greedy,
and they put
mom and pop stores
out of business
by selling things
at low prices
and paying
their employees
too little
so they can make
too much.

Of course,
it's the customers
who want to
save money
and the employees
who want a job
even if they don't
get huge salaries,
who REALLY
put the mom and pop
stores out of business.

But the truth is,
the people in
top management
who make
a lot more money
than most employees,
do so, in part,
because they
wanted to make
more money
than they were.

And the only difference
between the employee
who wants to make
more money
and the CEO
who DOES make
more money
is that
the well-paid ones
simply SUCCEEDED
in getting their desire,
while the average
employee did not.

Does that make them
happier?

Studies have shown
that more money
cannot buy
lasting happiness.

Rich people
commit suicide
just like
poor people.

And the truth is,
if I am fully content
with having a roof
over my head,
clothes on my back,
and food on my table,
then I am
the richest person
on earth.

After all,
is it not
the discontent,
the jealousy,
the coveteousness,
that causes employees
so much misery?

Here in the U.S.,
we are ALL rich.

The poor among us
often have cars,
cell phones,
computers,
basic health care,
and the opportunity
to either get a job,
or NOT get a job
and STILL get paid
enough to live.

But,
we get lost
in our story.

I don't have THIS,
I don't have THAT,
I want more...
I want LESS struggles.

And my struggles
of which I want less?

Most of them,
you can't see
right now.

Look around you
without referencing
a story,
or judging
what you see.

And you
just might find
that your struggles
are very small
right now,
if they even exist
at all.

Discontent comes,
along with the misery
it causes,
when we dwell
in the story,
when we dwell
in the head,
and when,
because of this,
we fight Life.


In Philippians 4:11,
Paul says that
he has learned,
in whatever circumstances,
to be content.

Before this,
in verse 7,
he says,

"The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."

and in verse 9,

"The God of peace will be with you."

Paul had learned
the secret to peace.

Regardless of
where he lived,
or what he had
to eat,
he was fully content.

Not,
"Well, that's just
the way it is,
and I'll settle for it."

But,
"Within me,
I am not at war
with what is.
I am friends
with the
Present Moment.
I am content
to be fully
Here and Now.

Not fighting
for some
future moment
or some
other place,

but instead,
allowing what is
to be,
without dwelling
in a story about it.


But the truth is,
we are addicted
to pain and suffering.

I don't have this,
I DO have that,

Someone did me wrong,

I don't want to be here.

I want it to be tomorrow,
or at least quitting time.

My car doesn't work.
My bills are past due.

I am underappreciated.
I am underpaid.
I deserve more.


Can you let all this go?

Completely?


Why not?


We are addicted
to pain and suffering,
most of which
WE cause ourselves.

We are lost
in the story.

We are identified
with the person
we think we are,
which is only
a fiction in the head.

And we are terrified
by the thought
of letting all that go.


God won't force
peace on you.

He merely
calls you to it.

It is all around you.

It abounds within you.

All you need to do
is to
Wake Up,
and be at peace
with reality,
with Life;

not the life story,
but Life itself.

Your body is
filled with it,
or your body
would be dead.

And that Life
that keeps
your body alive,
is the Breath of God.

You don't need
to THINK about this,
although it IS
a very nice thought.


Right now,
I'm sitting at my desk.

I am breathing.

I can feel the life
that fills this body.

And if I don't
judge it,
or make
a story
about it,
or
fight against it,
or
label it,
or
make an identity
out of it,

then it becomes
infinite bliss.


And I am,
by far,
the richest person
on earth.


In 1st Corinthians 3,
Paul talks about
building with
gold, silver, gemstones,
or
wood, hay, and straw.

One lasts, while
the other burns away.

Your story,
your complaints,
your struggles,
the mind-made
person
you think you are,

they all come,
and they all go.

They are not forever.

They are not eternal.

But God's Breath,
the Life
that courses
through your vessel,

that Life
that you can
fully experience
only when
you get out of your head
and go into the temple,

THAT
is gold, silver, and gemstones.
THAT
is eternal.

It is only here, and
it is only now.

When you are elsewhere,
it is not there.

And you suffer.


Can you step back
for just a moment,
and see
that the mind
is addicted to pain
and suffering?

To building up
or tearing down
the person
it has created
and thinks you are?

All of that
is not You.

And all of that
is not Life.

It is wood,
hay, and stubble.

It is here
for an instant,
and then
vanishes away.

And yet,
that is what we build
on the foundation
of Christ.

Jesus,
is the formless God
in the form of a man.

But before His form
we call Yeshuah,
He simply Is.

What do YOU build
on the foundation
of I Am?

Do you build:
I was,
I will be,
I have,
I don't have,
I want,
I don't want,
I am this,
I am that,

I am a prisoner
asleep in a fantasy
inside my head;

taking it so seriously,
that I live in a struggle
that will end
only when I'm dead.


Step out of
the carnal,
earthly,
worldly realm
in your head,

and come into
the Temple
and learn
to TRULY worship
Him there.