He who pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.
Countless books and articles have been written about how to get rich. There are plentiful seminars, schemes, infomercials, webinars, and wealth experts with so-called proven methods for attaining prosperity. Yet…most of us aren’t rich. Why not? What’s the problem? With so much help available, we should all be living on easy street and sitting in the lap of luxury and indulgence.
Occasionally I’ll hear somebody say, “I wouldn’t want to be wealthy. It would just spoil me.” However, the more common response is, “Money may not buy happiness, but it sure would make things a lot better.” By the way, I’ve known some very rich people. They sure looked happy to me.
Without question God wants you to live the abundant life. Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10 NKJV) In the first part of the same verse Jesus also declared that there is a force in this world bent on keeping you from attaining God’s abundance. He said, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.” The thief to whom Jesus refers is Satan and this evil world.
The abundance that Jesus offers is so much more than just worldly riches. Jesus is not opposed to earthly riches, but He is expressing wealth from a divine perspective. Wealth is so much more than earthly possessions which are fleeting, temporary, and easily mishandled. In Luke 12:15, Jesus said, “A man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” There is more to life than the accumulation of…things. God doesn’t measure wealth by the size of your stock portfolio or estate.
Paul talked about Christian abundance in his letter to Timothy. “The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.” (1 Tim.1:14) In Romans 5:17, Paul speaks of “God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness.” In fact, “abundance” was invoked in a common greeting in the early church. “Grace and peace be yours in abundance.” (1 Peter 1:2)
To be clear you have already received the “abundance” that Christ offers if you are, in fact, a Christian. The “abundant life” is your life in Christ. Everything you need for abundant living has already been given but it is up to you to appropriate it. If you are in Christ…you are rich. You are eternally wealthy. Your riches can never be lost or stolen. Yes, you can and will “take it with you.” It is riches of God poured out to you through Christ. It is yours to be used and enjoyed.
In today’s focus scripture we read, “He who pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.” Prosperity and honor are the result of godly living and love for God and others. For the Christian, abundance begins with the pursuit of those things important to God. The result will be God’s kind of prosperity, only found in Christ, and honor which comes from God as you live to His pleasure. It can mean honor from others in the form of respect and high esteem but more important is the honor that comes from God as you prove yourself to be His “good and faithful servant.”
The abundance of Christ continues to grow as long as you faithfully use what He has given you. “For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.” (Mt. 25:29) Be sensitive to the blessings that God places in your life and be certain to make good use of them.
This morning as I sat down to write this devotional my granddaughter had other plans. She wanted to sit in my lap and snuggle. Then she wanted me to play with her. So I put my plans on hold and went with the blessing before me.
I have learned that God places people and situations in our lives that are the things of which real wealth are made. You can’t buy God’s blessings. You can only take them as they come. The Lord’s abundance comes in the form of grace, mercy, love, peace, provision, protection, and extraordinary blessings. Use them and enjoy them as God freely gives.
Don’t miss a beautiful sunset, the gift of a loved one, a hug from a child, or the joy of a close personal relationship with Christ. Rather than looking at what you don’t have….look at what you do have. It’s more than you think. To be a Christian is to be truly rich. Take what God gives you and go with it. Don’t fail to use it because you will lose it. Use it and watch it grow into the beautiful abundance that God has for those who love Him.
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