How rich our life is depends not on material possessions but rather people. It is in what you do for others that makes us rich. Little things matter, a friend at school dropped her pencil, I picked it up for her. The person in line ahead of us was short a few coins, I gave them a few coins.
Jesus worked to collect everyone. He healed the sick, the blind: He gave His life. My contributions stacked up over a lifetime are pale in comparison.
Jesus does not expect us to give our lives. We hear stories of people giving their lives all the time. Soldiers, mothers, husbands, and wives, every time there is a shooting we hear How a person shield one person to save the other person.
My favorite rescue story came out shortly after 9-11. There was a woman in a wheelchair. She was too many stories up to ever expect to make it out. She was found making peace with Jesus when two men picked her up and carried her down the staircase. Why is that my favorite? She didn’t catch the their names, or see where they went. When they tried to verify her story, they learned she worked on the 30th floor.
Most of us are not ever going to physically rescue someone, but we can rescue people. When we give an encouraging word, when we are calm when someone is angry, When we give those few coins; we are committing acts of mercy. We are emulating the King.
1 Corinthians 1:4-5: 4 I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. 5 For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge—