Sitting On Top Of Riches
So don't be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom (Luke 12:32).
During the Depression, a man named Ira Yates was living in poverty, unaware that he was one of the richest men in the world.
He owned a large sheep ranch and due to his poverty was in danger of losing it because he could not afford to pay the interest on his bank loan and his property tax.
One day an oil company gained Mr. Yates' permission to drill a wildcat test well, believing there was a rich reservoir of oil on the property. Soon they discovered the one of the largest oil pools in the world.
Although he was a billionaire, Mr. Yates had lived for years in poverty. The day he purchased the land he received with it all the oil and mineral rights. It was all his, but he didn't know the oil was there, and thus he lived in great need.
I do not know of a better illustration for the Christian. Like Mr. Yates, many Christians are ignorant of their rights and resources and as a result are living in spiritual poverty.
Actually, there are two great tragedies in history: (1) that many have rejected God's Son and all the incalculable riches that accompany our adoption by God through Him; and (2) many have chosen to trust in Christ for their eternal salvation but live a life of poverty, ignorant of their inheritance, in this life and beyond.
Here are a few examples:
"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ" (Ephesians 1:3, NIV).
"I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints" (Ephesians 1:18, NIV).
"Although I am less than the least of all God's people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ" (Ephesians 3:8, NIV).
"God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:19, NIV).
If you are a believer, don't be like Ira Yates and sit in ignorance on top of your riches in Christ, while living in spiritual poverty! You are a child of the King. "You do not have, because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives" (James 4:2-3, NIV).
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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