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SPIRITUAL WEALTH
 
 
Spiritual wealth is wealth that is associated with knowledge. To gain spiritual wealth requires you to acquire spiritual knowledge. And spiritual knowledge refers to facts and information about the spiritual aspect of life. Such facts and information consist of the following: facts about our spiritual nature and the purpose of our life; information about God and the role He plays in human affairs; facts and information on the way our spirituality shapes and orders human life and society; and information on the spiritual principles and processes that regulate our activities and influence the outcome of our endeavours.

We need these facts and information if we are to avoid groping through life guided only by our instincts and emotions. We require these facts and information if we are to perform at our full potential and so get the most out of life. Let us now look at specific benefits a person will derive from acquiring spiritual knowledge.

Human ability is limited. So is our life span. For these reasons, no human being is capable of acquiring knowledge and skill in all areas of human endeavour. And so each individual acquires training in a particular trade or profession in which he or she then participates. Since no one can do everything, we need others and others need us. If a businessman’s car breaks down, he will need a mechanic to fix it. And when the mechanic falls ill, he will need to see a doctor for treatment. The sexes need each other in the domestic enterprise of starting and raising a family. It is an apt description of our situation when we say: “no man is an island”.

Clearly, we are a social species which is why we are constantly interacting with one another. The day begins at home with interaction among family members. When we arrive at the workplace, we are involved with colleagues, superiors or subordinates. Here also, we have to attend to those who need our products or services and deal with those whose products or services we need. In between the home and workplace we have to contend with other road users. How skillful we are at relating to others goes a long way towards determining how happy and successful we are at home and at work. One of the benefits of acquiring spiritual knowledge is that it enables us to develop interpersonal skills.
 
Things do not always turn out happily or successfully in spite of our best efforts, individually or collectively. Instances abound where doctors have asked patients to go home and await death as nothing more could be done for them – medical science has reached its limit. Despite impressive advances in modern medicine, sickness is still a major cause of untimely deaths. Technical faults, human error and natural causes have resulted in tragic loss of human lives in accidents involving the different modes of transportation. Our sophisticated early warning devices and protective measures have not always proved adequate in safeguarding us from natural disasters caused by floods, violent storms and earthquake.

Apparently, our limitations as human beings make us unable to cope with every difficult situation we have to deal with. We cannot always ensure our safety, welfare and the success of our pursuits. This explains why humans, all through the ages, have instinctively sought to reach out to greater powers or an almighty power to help ensure their well being. That human ability is limited is a fact of life. However, it is comforting to know that God has most graciously made His unlimited capabilities available to us.

Another benefit of acquiring spiritual knowledge is that we become able to access the unlimited powers of God through faith in Him. This is in addition to being able to secure divine help and protection permanently by putting God first in our lives. The saying, “knowledge is power” clearly applies here. The spiritually enlightened individual is a spiritually empowered person.

Human beings have conscience which makes us aware of the choice we have to make between right and wrong. This means that the things we say or do can be either right or wrong. A natural consequence of this is that human beings need to be discouraged from doing wrong. At the same time, they also need to be encouraged to do good. This is why wrongdoing usually attracts unpleasant consequences while the good we do usually brings reward. A porter who helps someone carry their baggage will be rewarded with a tip. But if he steals a bag and is caught, the law will punish him.

Our criminal justice system aims to discourage wrongdoing by meting out punishment to wrongdoers to serve as deterrent. On the other hand, society offers all manner of rewards and awards as ways of encouragement to those who contribute positively to the system. And these include the wages or salaries we receive for doing even the most mundane jobs. 
 
 

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