A tax assessor came one day to a poor pastor to determine the amount of taxes the pastor 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 minister.
“List your possessions, please,” the assessor instructed.
“First, I have everlasting life (John 3:16).
“Second, I have a mansion in heaven (John 14:2).
“Third, I have peace that passeth understanding (Philippians 4:7).
“Fourth, I have joy unspeakable (1 Peter 1:8).
“Fifth, I have divine love which never faileth (1 Corinthians 13:8).
“Sixth, I have a faithful precious wife (Proverbs 31:10).
“Seventh, I have healthy, happy obedient children (Exodus 20:12).
“Eighth, I have true, loyal friend (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 wealth is not subject to taxation.