Sunday, March 13, 2011

"Though He was rich..."

One way to enhance your spiritual walk is to read the biographies of godly men and women who have lived for Jesus. You can learn so much from their lives, and you will gain a deeper appreciation for the Christian truths and principles.

For example, one such individual was C. T. Studd. He was one of England’s greatest athletes in the 1800s. Studd was a world champion cricket player who came to Christ. When his wealthy father died, C. T. inherited over $150,000 which was a fortune in the 1800s. C. T. Studd said, “I don’t want that money to clutter up my life. I think the best way to use it is to invest it with God.” He then sent $25,000 to Hudson Taylor’s Inland China Mission, $25,000 to William Booth’s Salvation Army, and $25,000to D. L. Moody to start Moody Bible Institute. The balance C. T. Studd gave to his wife on their wedding day with these words, “The rich young ruler was asked by Jesus to give all.” Then the both of them sent all the remaining money anonymously to William Booth and the Salvation Army. After investing all of their money in the Lord’s work they invested their lives as missionaries in Africa.

What a testimony! One of the ways that you and I can measure our walk with Christ is to look at our giving. And I am not only speaking of monetary giving. We can also include the giving of our time, resources, energy, and talents. How are you using those things for the Lord? Are you serving Him with your best?

We are reminded in 2 Corinthians 8:9 what Christ did for us. Paul writes, “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich.” It is incredible to think of what Christ did for you and me. He who was rich in everything laid those things aside that He may become poor and die on a cross so that we can receive the eternal riches of knowing God. You are indeed rich!

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