If Heaven were like Harvard

October 8, 2021  •   Tracy Earl Welliver

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There’s no getting around it: life on earth can seem easier if you’re rich. Most of the bodily and material needs a person could have are fulfilled if you’ve got a little bit of money behind you. So why doesn’t this same theory apply to entering the kingdom of Heaven? Why isn’t Heaven like an Ivy League school, where a connection and a hasty tuition check might open a lot of doors?

When you think about it, the virtues required to enter Heaven — things like charity and justice and courage — should be even closer within the grasp of those who never had to worry about where their food is coming from. In theory, your capacity for good works should only increase with the resources at your disposal.

The same is true for stewardship potential. Let’s say I’ve got a lot of talent. Maybe I’ve got a lot of free time. On paper, it should be easier for me to give freely of these gifts, because I have the luxury that eluded the widow and her two coins: I can see my ample gift being put into action, when so many can only offer what they have and remind themselves that God sees it and appreciates it.

But here we get into the mess of humanity: if we have a lot of something, it means we have a lot of something we could use any way we want. And then we hear the whisper of the serpent: Think of what this (money, time, talent) could do for you.

May we pray for God to give us the heart of the widow, no matter our resources.

— Tracy Earl Welliver, MTS

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