A tax assessor came one day to a poor Christian to determine the amount of taxes he would have to pay. The following conversation took place:

“What property do you possess?”, asked the assessor. “I am a very wealthy man”, replied the Christian. “List your possessions, please”, the assessor instructed.

The Christian said:

  • “First, I have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
  • “Second, I have a mansion in heaven” (John 14:2).
  • “Third, I have peace that passes all understanding” (Philippians 4:7).
  • “Fourth, I have joy unspeakable” (1 Peter 1:8).
  • “Fifth, I have divine love which never fails”( 1 Corinthians 13:8).
  • “Sixth, I have a faithful wife” (Proverbs 31:10).
  • “Seventh, I have healthy, happy obedient children” (Exodus 20:12).
  • “Eighth, I have true, loyal friends” (Proverbs 18:24).
  • “Ninth, I have songs in the night” (Psalms 42:8).
  • “Tenth, I have a crown of life” (James 1:12).

The tax assessor closed his book, and said, “Truly you are a very rich man, but your property is not subject to taxation.”

I pray that all of us will have this kind of tax free “wealth.”