by: Jim Eschenbacher
Drew continued in his series… “He came to Give” This week the topic was
“Riches”. Jesus came to give us riches. Drew read part of Mary’s prayer of praise when she found out she was going to be the mother of the Messiah.
Luke 1: 53… He has filled the hungry with good things.
“Good things” is being translated “Riches” He pointed out that riches, as used in the Bible when referring to what Jesus has given, is not the same as riches on earth. Some television evangelists say that we will receive riches on earth. That is a lie and a distraction from the beauty of real riches. Paul claimed that he was commissioned to preach the unsearchable riches of Christ. (Ephesians 3:8) Another word for ‘unsearchable’ is ‘unfathomable.’ It implies that it is immeasurable... it cannot be measured or contained. That cannot be applied to worldly riches, which can be contained and measured. The timing of this sermon in my life is incredible. (Surprised?) This past week someone hacked my wife’s computer and stole our savings account which was not large but which provided a hedge fund. We were devastated but with prayer, we found peace in the storm.
So, how do we get spiritual riches? They are obtained in Christ. (Ephesians 1:3) The riches of God are found in Christ and that is where we enjoy them. Consider the metaphor of the body. The elbow does not enjoy the benefit of the body except when it is part of it. Another discipline by which we live with the riches of Christ is discipline. When you ignore or disobey God, you could find yourself outside of His complete package of riches. We err when we settle for partial blessings. We might say, “Well, at least I have grace and forgiveness. That Is true and worth celebrating, but is it all He came to give us? Not!
Colossians 2:10… You have been filled in Him…
Romans 6;4… We were buried with him by baptism, into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
The intention of God is that we receive the whole package, not just part of it. Some people walk around talking as if they only received the death, and not the eternal life. We have been given riches. Have you left any under the tree?
Apart from the riches in Christ, we are woefully incomplete. Some people, trying to appear humble, have not taken the gifts Jesus is handing them. When you accept riches from God, you don’t deplete His supply. He and His supply are eternal… unending. Be rich from God.