We Really are Rich People
“The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” John 10:10
“I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.” Ephesians 1:18
Life is expensive. It seems as though the cost of everything is always going up. We all have faced the struggle of paying our bills and keeping our heads above the water financially. As a result, we probably have all longed at times to be financially rich so that we can provide our family’s needs without having to work so hard or worry so much. We have all wondered what it would be like to be rich.
The good news today is that as a follower of Jesus Christ we are rich and many times do not realize it. I love the two verses above because they so beautifully illustrate our wealth in Christ Jesus. Jesus came to give us abundant life or, in the translation above, a rich and satisfying life. The verse in Ephesians reminds us that we have an inheritance that no one can take from us.
What do these verses mean for us today? First, the abundant life promised is one filled with hope, peace, love, assurance, and fulfillment that only Jesus brings. There is no substitute or price that can equate to the peace of God on your life. Elvis Presley stated towards the end of his life that he would give one million dollars for one week of peace. I pray that each of us will allow God to fill our lives daily with His peace. That is truly a peace money cannot buy.
Second, I pray as Ephesians 1:18 states that our hearts will be flooded with the hope that He has promised us for this life and the one to come. God told us in Jeremiah 29 that He has promised us a future and a hope in this life. John 3 also tells us that He has gone to prepare a mansion for us in heaven. We are in line as followers of Jesus to inherit a fortune of eternal life and the future that He has prepared for us. Do not let anyone tell you that you are poor because of what is in your bank account.
Revelation 3:17-18 tells us the world’s view of riches is completely wrong. In that passage, we are told many believe they are rich when indeed they are poor because they lack an intimate relationship with Jesus. These verses declare: “You say, ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!’ And you don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked. So I advise you to buy gold from me—gold that has been purified by fire. Then you will be rich.” The only true riches come from an intimate personal relationship with Jesus.
I pray that you will be reminded today as a believer that you are indeed a very wealthy person!
On another note, I look forward to Upper School Spiritual Emphasis Week with David Nasser. David is the Senior Vice President for Spiritual Development at Liberty University. He is a gifted speaker and I know the week will be incredible. Please be in prayer for the chapel services and we invite you to come if you can.