DCLM Daily Manna 22 January 2022

Topic: Believers’ True Riches

TEXT: 1 Corinthians 1:1-9

“That in everything ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge.” – (1 Corinthians 1:5)

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A rich man wanted to show his son how poor someone can be. He took him on a trip to a village. After they spent time on the farm of a poor family, he asked his son, “What did you learn?” His son replied, “We have one dog, they have four, we have a pool, they have rivers, we buy foods, they grow theirs, we have walls to protect us, they have friends, we have encyclopaedias, they have Bible. Thanks, Dad for showing me how poor we are”.

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Most people of affluence are so blinded by their material wealth that they do not see their spiritual poverty. On the other hand, many poor but spiritually vibrant Christians get so preoccupied with the thought of their material deprivations that they do not appreciate their true riches. Apostle Paul gave thanks to God for the prosperity of the church in Corinth. When he mentioned that they were “enriched in everything”, it was not in the sense of material prosperity but in matters of exposure to sound doctrine, grace and spiritual endowment.

It is unfortunate that many churches and Christians today measure themselves by the wrong scales of material affluence and popularity. In God’s reckoning, our true riches lie in our access to spiritual gifts and knowledge, with which the Corinthian church was quite blessed. Apostle Paul congratulated them for this, though as a prelude to his corrections of their abuse of the privileges.

If our Christian profession will amount to much and distinguish us from the world, we must covet spiritual blessings, especially knowledge of God’s word and grace for the overcoming life, more than our quest for material wealth.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: If the earth has all the answers you seek, then your questions are too cheap.