The wealth of having the life of Christ
And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? “And don’t be concerned about what to eat and what to drink. Don’t worry about such things. These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need. “So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom. Luke 12:28-32
God wants us to take hold of what it really means to have life. And from our text, having Jesus in one’s life and to belong to His Kingdom are what constitutes real life. The central core of life is more than what this world could offer. During the time of our Lord Jesus Christ, God’s favor was measured on how wealthy a person was. This was the case of the rich man in the parable of rich man and Lazarus (see Luke 16:19-31). Yet, it was the beggar Lazarus who found favor in the sight of God. As Jesus stated to His disciples, “Life is not measured by how much you own” (Luke 12:15) but having a relationship with God. In fact, with God it will be foolishness in our part if our focus is only in the riches of this world. “Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God” (Luke 12:21). When we made the decision to receive the life Christ offers by trusting Him as our Lord and Savior, He promises that we will experience God’s best for our lives. Of course, having God’s best does not mean self-indulgence and greed; yet on the other hand, there are Christians living in spiritual poverty because of poor decisions. This is why they have never learned to enjoy the goodness of God’s blessing. God’s blessing will not be measured alone in terms of financial wealth. Though there will be those that God may choose to bless in this area and if you are that child of God you don’t have to feel guilty when God does bless with material things. When God provides you the blessings He sends your way, ask the Lord to help you properly handle them so that He will be glorified in your life. Understand that God’s blessings are not limited to any one kind. Every good gift come from God (see James 1:17). We should see God’s blessings as His gift so He could use us to minister to others. He wants us to reach out to others with the gospel and if it means that He could use you through the material blessings He provides, then be willing to be used for His glory. “Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others” (1 Timothy 7:18-19).
Noel De Guzman www.my-wbc.com
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