Lenten Goal: Become Rich in Grace
1. “From Material Poverty…:
Dear brothers and sisters,
As we are in the Holy Season of Lent we reflect this week “from Material Poverty…to be Rich in God”. Generally, poverty is defined as the state of being poor or deficient in money or means of subsistence. For sure, God has not allowed us to be living in material poverty. Therefore he wants us to be growing rich in Him. How?
1. Daily Dependence Upon God. When God provided manna for Israelites the people were to gather only what was needed for that day. One day before the Sabbath, they were allowed to gather twice as much. Thus God taught them to depend on Him daily. God wants us to come to him for our spiritual fulfillment every day. He won’t allow us to fill up on Sunday, or any day, and then be able to go the rest of the week without a need for Him.
2. Disciplined Dependence Upon God (Daniel 6): Daniel was really poor. He was so dependent upon God that he would go to God throughout the day. His need for God was so great, that jealous officials in the kingdom knew that Daniel would never give up his habit of prayer. But Daniel went up into his room and prayed just as he always did. He wasn’t about to stop depending upon God. He came to God in private prayer three times a day. He prayed facing east, looking out the window toward Jerusalem. He prayed while down on his knees. He became “rich in God”. God gave him so much wisdom and insight that Daniel could interpret dreams and run the country.
3. Desperate Dependence Upon God (Mark 10): A wealthy young man came to Jesus to find out what more he needed to do to inherit eternal life. One is tempted to ask what more he needed! He was young. He was wealthy. He was influential. He was righteous. So why did he need to ask the question? The fact that he asked the question tells us that he had insight into a crucial truth: Eternal life can’t be earned. Jesus said that it was hard for the rich to enter the kingdom of God. The rich young ruler would not give up everything to follow Jesus. The disciples did. Jesus promised one hundred fold.
There is a relationship between spiritual poverty and worldly poverty. People who have stuff and the resources to get stuff have the ability to find comfort, security and protection in this world. But the poor come to God because there is nothing else for them upon which to depend, but God alone. So they give generously; and become rich in God.
May you have a fruitful Lenten days. Blessings!
With prayers and blessings,