STEWARDSHIP
 
HOW RICH ARE YOU?            Milton H. Schram
 
And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 (NIV)
 
How rich was Jesus? On earth He appeared poor indeed-in a borrowed manger, in a borrowed boat, on a borrowed colt. Even a borrowed tomb. Yet this was because He “humbled himself, “or “became poor” for our sake.
How rich was the Apostle Paul? His father, a Pharisee, was probably a rich man.
 
Paul, however, suffered the loss of all things when he became a bond-servant of Christ. He doubtless lost his earthly inheritance. He labored long and hard with his own hands. He experienced hardship, hunger, and thirst. Yet in union with Christ, Paul was surely rich, as the portion before us today clearly shows. He was filled with every needful gift and blessing.
 
How rich are you? You might not have large bank accounts or lavishly furnished homes. But those things do not make one rich in the best sense. They belong to the category of treasures that eventually perish. Are you “rich toward God?” Are you daily enriched in every way.
 
“In Spirit?” Are you able to make others rich by your life and witness? If you experience the blessed truth of our text (verse 19), you are rich indeed, O God, make us deeply grateful for your heavenly gifts, for the riches of your grace.                                                                                                                                                                                      Amen