From the Pastors' Desks

Wealth

I have to confess that I had totally forgotten how wealthy I am.
 
In these days of things-not-being-the-way-that-I-want, it is easy for me to think about what I lack and what I think I need, and I have to confess, I forgot how fabulously wealthy I am. Paul reminded me in the first chapter of his letter to the saints in Ephesus. 
 
Here’s a quick rundown of my assets in Christ.
  • I am blessed, by my Heavenly Father with EVERY spiritual blessing in Christ. (I have an infinite line of credit in the treasure stores of heaven.) Every blessing God has secured in Christ is mine for the asking.
  • I am destined for personal glory and beauty. My Father “chose me before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight” (Ephesians 1:4). Holiness looks like beauty and splendor (Psalm 96:9). It’s hard for me to imagine that a sinner like me could be destined for splendor. 
  • In Jesus, I have “redemption through his blood” and “forgiveness of my trespasses”. In other words, my sin doesn’t define me – His redemption does. These gifts are daily “lavished upon me” by grace.
  • I have an unbelievable inheritance coming my way (Ephesians 1:11,14,18).  It’s worth more than all the wealth of the world combined. It can’t possibly be lost and it lasts forever.  
  • I have the Holy Spirit of God (the third person of the Holy Trinity) living in me as the Guarantor that I will “acquire possession of it” (Ephesians 1:13-14).
 
I literally and truly don’t know a single other person who has more wealth than I do. Isn’t that crazy? It really is un.be.lievable.
 
You, of course, can say the same thing! This is the wealth of blessings we ALL have in Jesus, as those who believe in His Name! All we need to do is remember it, which is why Paul follows the list of blessings with a prayer that we might “see” it.

"I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe.” Ephesians 1:16–19
 
Live in your wealth today, fellow Christian. 
  • If you are feeling hopeless – remember the hope to which he has called you. 
  • If you are buried by a sense of lack (resources, relationships, righteousness) – remember the riches of your glorious inheritance in Christ. 
  • If you are feeling weak and helpless – remember the immeasurable greatness of your Father’s power. 
 
You are the wealthiest, most blessed person you know. Remembering it could change everything.
 

Pastor Dale

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