Jesus said, “The one who has become rich should reign. And the one who has power should renounce.”
Why would Jesus want those who are rich to reign? Don’t they have enough power already? Perhaps he is suggesting that those who have riches, or who desire riches, should go all the way and acquire great power as well. Both of these are illusions. Neither riches nor power will endure beyond the grave, and the allure of power and riches only perpetuates the illusion that we are separate from one another.
To escape the illusion of Us versus Them, we must sometimes discover for ourselves how empty and pointless these concepts truly are. Those who have acquired great wealth have discovered how empty it makes them feel. They assume the reason for their emptiness is that they don’t quite have enough wealth to fill the empty spaces. So, they continue to scheme and plan to increase their wealth even more. With any luck, they soon discover that no amount of money will fill that empty void within. But, what can they do now that they have surrounded themselves with riches that can never fulfill them? Perhaps they can use their power to rule over other people. That might give them a feeling of importance and worth. But, eventually, even this proves to be empty and meaningless.