Wealthy Beggars

“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, 
that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, 
so that you through his poverty might become rich.”
2 Corinthians 8:9 (NIV)

And my God will meet all your needs
according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19 (NIV)

To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles
the glorious riches of this mystery,
which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
Colossians 1:27 (NIV)

Two people, who attended the funeral of a very wealthy friend, were in conversation after the event. One said to the other, “How much did Bob leave?” “All of it.” the other responded. Indeed, as one person so graphically put it you never see a U Haul trailer being towed behind a hearse.

Wealth is a subject that fascinates many people who are not rich. TV shows will take viewers on visual journeys into the ways rich people live. Some magazines are dedicated to the latest gossip and photos of famous rich people. Poor people dream about how they might live if suddenly they became wealthy. But daydreams do not make people rich. Only if we examine what Scripture teaches can we truly understand our status as believers regarding wealth.

The riches we have as believers goes well beyond the subject of money. First, we are rich in redemption. The enormous debt we had as a result of constantly breaking God’s holy laws was fully paid by our Redeemer on the cross. Then, the perfect righteousness of our Saviour (Who was born under the law and lived in perfect obedience to all God’s law) has clothed us in His righteousness. Such wealth is beyond all computation.

Second, we are rich in the resources we need for daily living. People and businesses sometimes declare bankruptcy when their resources no longer meet the demands on their daily living. Christians have all the resources they need for living in this world, specifically, resources in the mental and spiritual realm. (Philippians 4:19)

Do you tap into these wonderful resources available to you as a child of God? Are you aware of how rich you are in the ways that count? Have you come to your loving, sovereign heavenly Father and made your case for help for today? As a child of God you have access to Him anytime so why not pour out your heart to Him? Be honest in expressing your fears, Come humbly, come as a beloved child, come needy, come understanding to whom you are coming, come in faith with expectations of being heard, come believing you will be heard. Whatever you do—come!!

Come to the Saviour now,
He gently calleth thee;
In true repentance bow,
Before Him bend the knee;
He waiteth to bestow
Salvation, peace, and love,
True joy on earth below,
A home in heaven above.

Come to the Saviour now,
Ye who have wandered far;
Renew your solemn vow,
For His by right you are;
Come, like poor wandering sheep
Returning to His fold;
His arm will safely keep,
His love will ne’er grow cold.

Come to the Saviour, all,
Whate’er your burdens be;
Hear now His loving call,
“Cast all your care on Me.”
Come, and for every grief
In Jesus you will find
A sure and safe relief,
A loving Friend and kind.
– J. M. Wigner

A debtor to mercy alone,
Of covenant mercy I sing;
Nor fear, with Thy righteousness on,
My person and off’ring to bring.
The terrors of law and of God
With me can have nothing to do;
My Saviour’s’ obedience and blood
Hide all my transgressions from view.

The work which His goodness began
The arm of His strength will complete;
His promise is yea and amen,
And never was forfeited yet.
Things future, nor things that are now,
Not all things below or above,
Can make Him His purpose forgo,
Or sever my soul from His love.

My name from the palms of His hands
Eternity will not erase;
Impressed on His heart it remains,
In marks of indelible grace;
Yes, I to the end shall endure,
As sure as the earnest is giv’n;
More happy, but not more secure,
The glorified spirits in heav’n.
– A. M. Toplady

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