Rich Toward God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

If we were to take a survey, asking, “What was the main purpose for the coming of Jesus Christ?” We would receive dozens of answers and most of the answers would be good, but none would be as great as the actual words which Jesus himself spoke, “I am come that they {believers} might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). The more abundant life that Jesus came to give is available because he has already given himself completely so that we today might receive the more abundant life. However, today the more abundant life is barely known, scarcely believed, nor really enjoyed by the Christian.

The word for “life” in John 10:10 means life in all its fullness; Jesus came that we may experience the fullness of our God-given eternal life in every category of our lives in the present tense.

I John 5:13:
These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

To “believe on the name of the Son of God,” is quoted above twice to doubly empathize our continued believing in everything Jesus’ name represents, including the abundant life that he came to give. When we become saved, we receive eternal life; this God desires that we know and thoroughly understand – that our eternal life is already in progress. We have eternal life now, not when we get to heaven, but now. “Beloved, now are we the sons of God” (I John 3:2).

After receiving our salvation, the more abundant life may become manifested in our lives proportionately to our believing in the Scriptures that we have received.

Jesus said, “The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63); thus the more humble we are to believe the Word of God, the more of the spiritual life we may enjoy. James 2:5 says: “Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor {humble} of this world rich in faith {believing faith}, and heirs of the kingdom.” We who are humble before God will become rich in believing faith to the end that we may receive. God chose us; all we really can do is humbly accept the graces of God upon our lives, believing we indeed are heirs of God.

 Luke 12:20–21:
-20: But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee {the day of his judgment}: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? {The material things he worked for his whole life.}
-21: So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

In Luke above, we have the conclusion of a parable that Jesus used to expound on a concept he was teaching: “for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth” (Luke 12:15). Rather the true abundance of a man or a woman’s life is measured by how rich we are toward God’s Word. God already has chosen us to be rich in believing faith, yet man within himself must decide whether or not he will be “rich toward God,” whether or not he will have a relationship with Him Who called us out of darkness and into His marvelous light (I Peter 2:9). “Which thou hast provided” in verse 20 above shows us that this man in the parable was not rich in believing, but rather he was rich in his own sufficiency; he never really had any believing faith in God to care for him.

The parable above never happened, rather, Jesus used it as a teaching example to accentuate that the more abundant life rests proportionately in one’s own believing. When we believe the living Word, we effortlessly will become “rich toward God” and we will then be enjoying the more abundant life.

Hebrews 11:6:
But without faith {believing faith} it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he {God} is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

We cannot buy eternal life or the gifts that accompany salvation. Jesus said in Matthew 16:26, “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” There is nothing on this earth that any man could possibly give in exchange for salvation because it took the actual life of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to purchase redemption and salvation for humanity, and now it is freely ours by our believing on the completed work of Jesus. Accepting the work of Christ on our behalf is being rich toward God.

Mark 9:23:
Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.

Luke 18:27:
And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.