Monday, May 17, 2010


“I thank my God for you because of God’s grace given to you in Christ Jesus, that by Him you were made rich in everything.” (1 Corinthians 1:4-5)

“Rich” is probably a matter of perspective. Clearly, it’s relative. What is considered the poverty level in the United States, for example, might be viewed as crazy rich by families who work all day at Philippine trash dumps looking for food. And, children who grow up “poor” may never have any idea their family is poor with regard to money, depending on the attitudes expressed by their parents.
“Rich” is not something limited just to money. We tend to think it is, but Paul addressed the Corinthian Christians as made rich by God’s grace, and he specified that they were rich “in all speaking and all knowledge” as a result of God’s grace. They were rich in spiritual gifts. They were rich in hope and faith.
Faith reminds us that in Christ we are rich, not so much as the world deems richness, but in that which really matters. Genuine richness is faith grown up.

We thank You, Lord, that You have made us rich in what matters. Help us to share this “wealth” with others who need it. Amen.

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