Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.” (2 Cor. 6:10)
READ: 2 Corinthians 6:4-10
In Revelation 2:9, the church in Smyrna that was supposed to live in affluence, lived in poverty, possibly due to ignorance. Another likely cause of this could be semantics, since the way humans define ‘wealth’ is different from how God defines it. It is possible to be materially improvised yet, spiritually rich. Although God wants us to have abundance in all areas according to 3 John 2, yet, God places the highest premium on our spiritual prosperity. In Luke 6:20-21, our Lord Jesus Christ consoled His disciples with prospect of a glorious eternity. How many years can a man who can afford the best medical service attain? At most, it could be three hundred years. But in the hereafter, you will live for all eternity. So, why kill yourself because you lack this world’s goods? However, this does not mean that we should not ask for wealth, after all, God is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Exodus 3:6), and each of these were men God committed great wealth to. Whether we have wealth or not, our hearts should be focused on God.
“Hearken, my beloved brethren, hath not God chosen the poor of this world, rich in faith, and heirs of the Kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?” (James 2:5). This is a very interesting scripture. When you are poor, the world rejects, disapproves of, humiliates, victimizes, ignores and even hates you. But when you are rich, not minding the source of that wealth, the world recognizes and celebrates you. However, God began to search for the world’s rejects to give them eternal placements in His Kingdom. That was how he found you and me. Then He began to use such people to transform the lives of others. What makes you rich before God’s eyes is your ability, in spite of physical limitations and disabilities, to make others rich; your ability to use whatever God has given to you to enlarge His Kingdom. To what extent have you being doing this? Some believers are waiting until they become millionaires before they give to God’s projects whereas, God is looking for the faithful ones whom he has given hundreds and thousands to give for such projects, so that He can elevate them. Are you a poor rich fellow? Besides, it is easier for those who are materially and financially impoverished to humble themselves, praise God and trust in Him; whereas, many rich people trust either in their millions or in themselves. Are you making others rich in your present state?
One veritable way of being rich in Heaven is by making others rich through God’s investments in your life. How rich are you?
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