True wealth by living for Christ and others

As Jesus preached, people should not be preoccupied with collecting treasures on earth. Wealth and material things, while necessary in the right amounts, are ultimately temporary; putting it simply, people can’t take it with them when they go to meet their Maker.

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Moreover, given that people truly do not know how long they have left to live, the single-minded pursuit of material wealth and recognition may ultimately be futile distractions to what matters in life, which can be short or drawn out.

When people put themselves and their material things above God, they end up living empty, meaningless lives, ironically making them paupers amid plenty. And this doesn’t just go to the wasteful rich man of the Lord’s parable who dies after planning his warehouse’s expansion.

A person can live an abundant, long life, and still have it rendered hollow by materialism and sin. Individuals who are preoccupied with material things (and be willing to disregard others to get them) would live a life without satisfaction, as the pleasures of this world are fleeting.

Likewise, a person may not have much in their lives. In some cases, they may not have the things that many other people take for granted every day, but because they lived lives dedicated to God and others, they are fondly remembered and honored upon their passing. Moreover, by living in service to God and others, they may find that what they truly want was with them all along, and be content with their share.

Heavenly treasure, as Christ taught, never rusts, can never be stolen, and is there forever. All it takes to accumulate it, and the happiness and contentment it brings, is to live a life centered on a living faith in Christ and service toward others.

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Westside Family Church believes in promoting a living faith in Christ that requires not only worship but also service to the people of the community. Visit this website for more on the church and its community initiatives.

Westside Family Church: Reaching Out “One Life” At a Time

Countless children are exposed to the harsh realities of life.

Each year, the world sees more than 11 million impoverished children die of starvation. Those who avoid death, on the other hand, suffer from cognitive deficits because of malnutrition.

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Homelessness is also a significant issue as over 200 million kids have no choice but to live on the streets. They need to work and survive cruel conditions. Some one million of them are even exploited, being trafficked into child sex trade or forced into hard labor.

Even HIV and AIDS have affected at least 15 million children as they were made orphans by the lethal disease. They are left to fend for themselves, with some of them having to raise their younger siblings on their own.

Understanding that helping these needy children requires massive action, the Lenexa, KS-based Westlife Family Church established the “One Life” ministry that employs child sponsorship programs geared towards providing care for orphans and the most vulnerable children in the global community.

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For more than a decade, One Life has invested in the improvement of the lives of many children in South Africa, Thailand, and India by providing them food, shelter, and spiritual guidance. From a life with a dire outlook, the children the ministry takes care of are given hope and a future.

Believing that Jesus Christ is the embodiment of love, Westside Family Church does its best to spread love to everyone – those inside the four walls of the church and outside. Learn more about the church by visiting this website.