Rich in Every Way

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2 Corinthians 9:11 “You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”

Did you know that the Bible contains the secret for getting rich?

I am not talking about some get-rich-quick scheme.  God deals with us and others in ways that promote only honesty, integrity, and unselfishness.

Nor do I mean the riches that might come from making your legitimate business a success or from making prudent investments for the future. Passages in the Proverbs encourage you to save for the future. They tell you how to conduct your business in a manner which pleases the Lord. But that is no guarantee of wealth.

God is not a stock broker. His book doesn’t tell you which mutual fund is doing the best. You may learn to conduct your business in a manner which pleases him. But what about the world you are forced to do business with? There may be few who care to conduct their business in a manner pleasing to God.

None of these things deal with the riches God wants for us anyway. He warns against the idea that reading his word or following his commands will give us fat bank accounts. The apostle Paul encouraged his young friend Timothy to watch out for those “who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain” (I Timothy 6:5).

Paul’s words echo those of our Lord Jesus when he warned, “Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions” (Luke 12:15).

If we were to make an honest appraisal of all that the Lord has given us, we would see that almost every one of us has already been made rich, even as the world understands the term.

And when we understand how rich God has already made us, then we are beginning to understand the Bible’s secret to being truly rich. Listen to another word Paul wrote to Timothy: “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment” (I Timothy 6:17).

Regardless of how much or little we have, God promises richly to provide us with everything for our enjoyment. No need will go unmet, “God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).

As long as we are worried about how much we have, dissatisfied with what we have, always yearning for more than what we have, we will never feel rich, no matter how much we have. But when we are content with the food and clothing we do have (I Timothy 6:8); when we trust God’s promises to provide all that we need; when we recognize how richly he has already provided for our lives; then we will know that we already are rich, even in terms of the temporary wealth he gives us in this life.

Such worldly wealth merely keeps us going for a little while until we get to the real treasures Jesus promised. “Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matt. 6:20-21).

God’s children know that the real wealth, the real treasures, are found in heaven. They were purchased for us with the holy, precious blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. And how much do those treasures cost you and me? “His grace…he has freely given us in the One he loves” (Ephesians 1:6).

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