Shared January 22nd, 2015
“For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9).
We opened our previous exhortation with the following paragraph: “What makes you rich? ‘Financial Habits that Can Make You Rich,’ says Forbes. ‘8 Ways of Thinking to Make You Become Rich,’ whispers Lifehack. Financial Post chimes in with ‘15 money tips to make you rich in 2015.’” And we ended by saying we know that God wants us to think big. He wants us to focus on the one thing that will give an ordinary life meaning: His (God’s) glory.
As we continue, let us go back to the first question, which is “What makes you rich?” Our world today constantly, and without fail, adores measuring people by what they have or don’t have. It is so to the extent that we divide the world into haves and have not’s, the rich and poor, the hungry and well fed. And when the TV news anchor talks about some countries, certain words have to be thrown in to make sure you are aware that you are rich because you live in this country. So they say, for example, “News report yesterday has it that the hurricane tore through the impoverished country of …” Or, “How could the poorest country in the hemisphere produce such athletes?
I’m sure you get my drift. So it is not surprising that most people define wealth or success as having climbed up the financial ladder far beyond the rung that takes care of ordinary, day-to-day basic needs. So again, this brings me to the same question as earlier. Does financial formidability really yield true riches?
And that is where my Christian values come into play because in truth, I know that there is something more valuable than the fantastic four of fortune, fame, fun and fervour. Sure, these may bring you the fifth “F,” fulfillment, but not the type that can match who you are. Such fulfillment is shallow so these things are not more valuable than you!
I’m not making this up, you know. Look at the question posed in the Scriptures “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (Mark 8:36). Our Father’s love is focused on you, not on your possessions. Don’t you remember that famous John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life”?
Our opening verse says “Though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.” God loves us so much that He came down among us, dying on the cross and setting us free from sin and eternal death. That’s what our verse for today is about and that is what makes you the billionaire of all billionaires: being in Christ.
Saints, how we live, how we act, our behaviours, our attitudes, our reactions to hardships, or to affluence, all we do should glorify God. You see, God has put us where He wants us and it’s our responsibility to show other people how rich we are because we have Jesus, how rich we are to the extent that we even want to share this Jesus by letting people know who He is and what He’s really like. Why? Because nothing else matters but the glory of God!
Proposed prayer: Heavenly Father, it is not about fame, fortune, fun or fervour but about faith in You. We are all sinners and all You require of us is that we try our best not to sin anymore. Please, strengthen me as well as my walk with You. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen!