40 Days of Increase | Day 18
—by Pastor Don Weeks, Antioch Missionary Baptist Church
John 12:8 For the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not always.
I am rich! I have air to breathe!
I am rich! I have food to eat!
O Lord, show me my wealth, teach me.
I am rich! I have lungs with which to breathe!
I am rich! I have a mouth and tongue and stomach!
O Lord, where is my treasure, show me.
I am wealthy beyond measure, I have Jesus.
I am rich beyond comprehension, I have Christ.
O Lord, I am truly rich because you have given yourself to me, and I praise you. Amen.
Our theme of praise today is money. Can we cause Christ to increase in our finances? I know this, in Christ we are all truly rich. We are exceeding, abundantly wealthy in Him. We are crazy rich in Christ! We’ve been given His peace, His joy, His promises, His eternal life, His encouragement, His wisdom, His security, His Word, His blood, and His life. The Bible says that we have His mind. We have been given purpose.
No Christian is allowed to say, “I have nothing to live for,” or, “My life has no purpose.” Christ has given us a clear purpose. We are to live for His glory. We are to live clean and love one another. We are to do all we can to tell others about Christ. We are rich!
What is your personal budget for telling others about Christ? How much money do you spend on coffee everyday? Starbucks charges 1.85 for a small brewed coffee. If you were to buy one every weekday, that’s 260 weekdays per year times $1.85, which is $481. I am not trying to lay a guilt trip on you. I am trying to gain perspective. I am not saying that we should stop drinking coffee, either. I am saying that we should probably up our efforts in telling others about Christ.
Jesus told us we are rich. The Bible promises so many things about God providing for us that we could never mention them all in one lesson. But think of this today:
Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
I am sorry to inform you that this verse is not for you. It is not for you if you are not giving sacrificially for the cause of Christ. This Bible verse and this promise was given by the Apostle Paul to the believers in Philippi who gave not out of their abundance, but gave out of their poverty! Wow. God promises to supply your needs too when you are willing to invest in the Kingdom of God.
Jesus said the poor you will have with you always. Rejoice! Jesus is saying you are rich. Today, use your great wealth in Christ to do some good in His name.
Your practical task
- Pray sincerely.
- Write your memory verse in your notebook, Colossians 3:16.
- Compose some praise to Jesus regarding your treasures. Interpret this how the Lord leads you.
- Do some good today in Jesus name!
- Consider: Is there some way I can use my financial influence to further the cause of Christ more than I am currently doing?
Have a rich day reveling in the treasures of Christ!
HE MUST INCREASE
He Must Increase, Antioch’s theme for 2017, taken from John 3:30. The devotions explore this theme and how Jesus must increase in our lives, other’s lives, and in the homes, churches and nations of the entire world.
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