Posted by: Jo | November 9, 2012

Spiritual Wealth

“To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27)

imageAs I grow older I am more and more aware of the diminishing power of my brain. Grasping the constantly changing of technology is proving an arduous task. At the urging of the family my husband purchased an iPad, Woe is me, I thought. I now have to learn how to sweep my finger across the screen just as I have mastered the mouse for our desktop computer. So when our local paper had a supplement enclosed just for seniors, I opened it with great expectation to an article entitled “How to Enrich Your Brain” I was a little disappointed at their suggestions. I was hoping to read of some marvelous instant remedy to recharge brain cells. What I did find interesting was their use of the word, “enrich”. It did imply that if something was lacking or if there was a paucity of a substance or if gaps needed to be filled, help was at hand.

I then began to speculate on how we use the word, “enrich”. We talk about an enriching experience. We can remark on an enriching seminar in which we have just taken part. We can think of a person who enriched our lives just by becoming part of our community. I then went to the dictionary and was pleased to find one of the meanings to be, “to heighten” and best of all the last definition of the word enrichment was, “mental or spiritual wealth” I decided to explore what “spiritual wealth” meant for those who belong to the Lord.

One of the most comforting qualities of our Lord is the abundance of his riches which he is so willing to share with us and enrich our souls. We are told in Psalm 145:8 that he is most of all rich in love;

“The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love”

Isaiah assures us that true treasure is found in the knowledge of the Father.image

“He will be the true foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge, the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure” (Isaiah 33:6)

Paul tells us in his letter to the Ephesians that he is rich in grace (Ephesians 1 :7) and in Chapter 2 that he is rich in mercy (Ephesians 2:4) and again in Colossians he talks about his glorious riches (Colossians 1:27)

So how do we draw upon these glorious riches so we can be enriched and in so doing enrich others? Perhaps the first big step we have to take is to recognize our own poverty of spirit. In the Beatitudes Jesus talks about the poor in spirit as those who recognize they need God’s help;

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:3)

Sometimes we need to check that our supply of love for others is not depleted. Perhaps our gracefulness in our everyday life is lacking in how we treat our loved ones. How merciful are we when we come across those less fortunate than us? Do we need enriching? We will be blessed for the asking.

imagePerhaps we are the needy ones and we ourselves are wounded and need an outpouring of love for our healing. Perhaps we need to be comforted by his grace when we stumble. Perhaps we have forgotten how abundant his mercy is. Do we need enriching? We too have access to his glorious riches.

His bounteous store of riches is available to all who call on his name. His generosity has no bounds his spiritual wealth is waiting and the key to this treasure is knowing the Lord Jesus Christ.

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  1. Beautifully written once again Jo! How blessed we are to be so loved.
    much love Jennifer

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  2. Thanks, Jo. No pun, but that was enriching. As you say, enrichment in Christ is there for us all the time.

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  3. Amen – what a great message! Many blessings to you!
    Love,
    Cheryl

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  4. Wow, such a great reminder about the source of our spiritual wealth. Thank you Jesus 🙂

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