The Daily Challenge
by D. E. Stribling
Christ's Abundance For Us

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Christ is the Abundant Life.  He is in me if I believe in all the He did for me, and as I obey Him, and agree to serve others in His name. 

In a materialistic society, when we see the word, "abundance." our first impulse is to make it read "financial wealth".   However, to those who are spiritually oriented,  abundance, or prosperity isn't material wealth.

Paul speaks of the abundance that Christ supplies.  Yet Paul is a man who experienced many hardships.   He wrote these words during the time of his own imprisonment.   He was not at all wealthy, yet he says, And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches  in Christ Jesus.” NIV) Phil 4:19 
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Most of us would think our need was to be free of prison, to have money in the bank.  Not the apostle. Paul was able to feel that his needs were met even during hard times.  He did not have freedom, nor did he possess wealth. He said at times he was without clothes or food. His abundant life would frighten the tentative Christian, or those who are in our camp only for what God will do for them.

Christ's life in us gives us spiritual abundance that we can share with others.  We see God at work in our lives, 

  • he answers prayers, 

  • guides us into service, 

  • gives us wisdom to share with a neighbor. 

  • We can look over our shoulders and see that he has walked with us. 

  • Over the years, the stories of God working in our lives enrich our witness. 

We can speak boldly that he supplies all our needs, for our need is to serve Him by loving others.  His abundant life merges with our own.


FOOTNOTE-
Another verse in which the phrase 'glorious riches' is used.
To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
(NIV) Col. 1:27

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