Spiritual Riches. Riches in Christ are better than the wealth of all the nations combined, because they have eternal significance. Even though that is true, we rarely see its evidence, even in Christian churches today.
A little that a righteous man has
Is better than the riches of many wicked.
Psalm 37:16, NKJV
I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies,
As much as in all riches.
Psalm 119:14, NKJV
Both Psalm 37 and Psalm 119 were written by David, a man after God's own heart, who had reached the highest pinnacle of authority: King of Israel. Yet, even as the king who knew the life of prosperity as well as that of a poor shepherd penned the above words. Riches in Christ are better than the wealth of all the nations combined, because they have eternal significance.
Even though that is true, we rarely see its evidence, even in Christian churches today. Who gets elected to the highest offices in the churches? Those who are wealthy. Now, I am not saying that a wealthy man can not be spiritually rich as well, however it is true that the poor, no matter how Godly they are, tend to get quickly passed over!
Who do Christians emulate? What are their goals in life? Again, there is nothing wrong with wealth, but there is a reason that Jesus said to the disciples, "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." (Matthew 19:24, Mark 10:25, and Luke 18:25)
Who does the world emulate? I have never seen Forbes publish a list of the top 100 most Godly people in the world, though they do publish a list of the most wealthy people in the world.
As a believer in Christ, let us say with the Apostle Paul,
7 But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.
12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
Philippians 3:7-9 and 4:12-13, NKJV
No matter what your circumstances in life, whether rich or poor, pray today for spiritual riches from Christ which will last for all eternity.
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