Devotions By Jan

How Rich I Am!

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Scripture for Today: Colossians 2:2 “My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely Christ.”

I could not help that my eyes widened at this display of money!  But with a closer look one can see that the bills are mostly one dollar bills!  In any case, any display of wealth can be alluring.  There is something even seductive about cold hard cash.  It fires the imagination and fills the mind with possibilities.  Being showered with unexpected riches is an instant game changer!

Today’s verse talks about different riches.  They are described as “full” and have nothing to do with wealth in the traditional sense.  These riches involve understanding and knowing a Person, Jesus Christ.  Progressively coming to know God’s Son makes a life full and rich.  This kind of wealth is eternal rather than temporal.  Wealth of this kind cannot be stolen or taxed.  It is a wealth that has no limit.  The riches of Christ are boundless! (Eph. 3:8)

It is easy for me to get distracted by tangible signs of wealth around me.  But none of it compares with the surpassing value of knowing and loving the One who created me and sacrificed Himself for me.  The question of how rich I am can be answered by the nature of my relationship to Him.  The closer I am to Jesus, the richer I am.  The further away I move from Him, the more impoverished I become.  Knowing, Him, loving Him and serving Him enriches me like nothing else!  How rich I am!

Thank you Lord, for the boundless and endless riches I find in You!

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