23. Richness

23. December 2014

Every person who is loves by Jesus is rich. It is not important how much money you spent on Christmas presents, decoration, delicious food, and whatever. It is not important to give expensive presents to others, and it does not matter when you don't have any money to afford buying presents.

Jesus loves you, and when you are aware of this fact then everything else is loosing importance.

Do you remember the first congregation in Jerusalem? They sold everything that they had and gave the money to the poor because they expected Jesus to come back on earth within very short time. The result had been that after some time they did not have any more money themselves and they depended upon the help of others.

The amazing thing had been that they received help from other congregation who might have lived many hundreds of miles away and who did not even know them.

Paul also collected money in the congregation of Corinth, and this is what he wrote.

But since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you —see that you also excel in this grace of giving. (2. Corinthians 8, 7 NIV)

With the “grace of giving” Paul meant the collection for the congregation in Jerusalem.

Perhaps within the past weeks you gave some money to a charity organisation. Or perhaps you yourself are in financial need. Don't worry, God will take care of you.

Just keep your eyes open with regards to the people around you. If you will need anything trust that God will care for you, and if others might need anything, perhaps precisely you will be the one who is able to help them through words, deeds or even money.