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.

We Were Bought With a Price

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Jesus Christ gave one hundred percent for you and me; he gave his all in all. He never gave his life for ten percent of our money, but much rather he gave everything for us so that we could freely walk with God. We were not redeemed with tithes, but with all of the precious blood of the Redeemer (I Peter 1:18–19). We were redeemed with every fragment of Jesus’ being. He paid the ultimate price for humanity’s salvation so that we may “freely” walk with God and with our Savior and enjoy the more abundant life (John 10:10)!

If an athlete would only give ten percent of their abilities or talents they would be out on the street, they give one hundred percent. God does not require ten percent of what you own or earn, He wants all of you (Romans 12:1–2) in the sense that you already belong to Him because of the work of Christ, and this God desires that we know.

I Corinthians 6:19–20:
-19: What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost {the holy spirit} which is in you, which we have of God, and ye are not your own?
-20: For ye are bought with a price: therefore {give, give, and give until it hurts, no – but rather} glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

All we own is already God’s: “THE earth is the LORD’S, and the fullness thereof” (Psalms 24:1ff), and all Christian people are His children (whether or not we recognize this and acknowledge Him). The very best that we can return to God today is glory, praise, and honor, and commit our ways unto God with thankfulness that He indeed is our heavenly Father. When we get to the place in our own minds that we believe all we have is God’s in the first place (after all He did create everything), then through our believing, God will become our true sufficiency in life (at one hundred percent).

When people give ten percent of their incomes and an hour or so of their time to God each week, then they inevitably will end up ninety percent short, and receive only sporadically, rather than when we acknowledge God as our true sufficiency with all that He has given to us.

First and foremost, what God has given to us is meant to sustain us! Then as we become genuinely thankful for whatever abundance we have, even more of God’s abundance will come our way. Having a heart of thankfulness and gratitude for knowing God, recognizing that we will live with Him throughout eternity can cause us to become cheerful givers who are inspired by God’s divine love (II Corinthians 9:7).

 Galatians 6:9:
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season {at the appropriate time} we shall reap, if we faint not.

This verse is a spiritual principle and promise from God that we will reap and that we can receive from Him for standing faithful to Him “in well doing.” For as believers “commit the keeping of their souls {their lives} to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator” (I Peter 4:19), we will discover that God our Creator is indeed our sufficiency, and our every reason to remain faithful to Him day by day.

Proverbs 16:3 says, “Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established,” even if our thoughts are, “I wonder if God is real, and if He does hear my prayers.” God can establish even these to you personally and prove to you that He will never leave or forsake you. Psalms 37:4–5 states: “Delight thyself also in the LORD, and he shall give the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it {the desires of your heart} to pass.”

The more we commit ourselves into the care of God, the greater the blessings become manifested in our lives. In II Corinthians 8:5 it says of the believers that they: “first gave their own selves to the Lord.” This is when (and how) believers truly begin receiving abundance from our Creator.

Yes, it does take time for people to put their trust and believing in God Whom they have never seen, yet Jesus encourages, “blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed” (John 20:29). The more we understand from God’s healing Word, the easier it becomes to allow God and His blessings into our lives. “Whom {Jesus} having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory” (I Peter 1:8). When we learn to give God our first thoughts in the day, and thank Him in Christ’s name for the day which He has made for us, then we will be experiencing joy that is truly beyond words.

Ten-Percent

“If an athlete would only give ten percent of their abilities or talents they would be out on the street; they give one hundred percent. God does not require ten percent of what you own or earn, He wants all of you (Romans 12:1–2) in the sense that you already belong to Him because of the work of Christ, and this God desires that we know.” ~LMJ~