“…Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions” (Luke 12:15).
Israel is a great nation on a small piece of land. The smallness of its land has nothing to do with this people group’s place before God. They are the chosen of God. Why? From this nation, God brought forth (in poverty) The Babe who is the Almighty King of kings, Lord of lords, and Savior of the world. Small packages do not mean the gift lacks great value.
Therefore, do not judge your life on the possessions you have acquired or the things that surround your life. Life does not stem from things that burn up in the fire. Life is made beautiful by the refinement from the fire.
Our greatest achievement is our place before God. Without the King of kings, we stay a useless life of ashes. With the King of kings our life is greater than any quantifiable possession had on earth.
Abram, the patriarch of the Jewish nation, was not promised favor from the Lord because of his belongings or even because of his great behavior of obedience. Abram was materially rich; God asked him to leave all that surrounded him, and go to a place where God would show him. He walked away from prosperity to live as a nomad, a wanderer without earthly significance. Yes, Abram had things, as God provided for him, but his things were not the reason God said, “I will make you into a great nation; bless you, make your name great; bless those who bless you, curse those who curse you and give you this land for your offspring.”
His blessing came, because Abraham responded to God in faith; he believed God, therefore, his faith was credited to him as righteousness. His faith gave him the abundant favor from our God. His faith even gained him a new name. Abram meant “exalted father, but the new name of Abraham means “father of many.” God’s favor took Abraham’s influence beyond his current existence. Additionally, the “ha” in Abraham’s new name represented the “I will” part of God’s person. “I will” marked he rest of Abraham’s life, hence “I will bless you…”
While our life does not consist in the abundance of our possessions; our life does consist in the abundance of our faith in Jesus Christ. All of life hangs on this one small act of faith. The “I will” in Abraham’s life also marks our own life, for our belief profits us a wealth of heavenly riches which consist of the grace, wisdom, knowledge of our God, the power of the Holy Spirit and uninterrupted presence of the Lord that God promises us.
I ask that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, will give us the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that we can know him better; I also pray that the eyes of our hearts will be enlightened to know the hope which our God has called us to; to know the riches of his glorious inheritance for the saints; I pray that we will know his incomparably great power – power that works God’s mighty strength exerted in his Son, Jesus Christ. Increase the abundance of our faith, Lord – not our possessions on earth. May this Christmas season and beyond dawn a new day of “ha” faith for us all!
In Jesus name, Amen.
Genesis 12:1-9; Ephesians 1:17-20; Romans 4:3