I’M RICH IN EVERY THING Andy Hollifield 11-23-18
2 Corinthians 9:11 Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.
The first part of that verse speaks volumes doesn’t it? “Enriched” is defined as to supply with abundance of anything desirable. Also, to add greater value or significance to. I love this one; to adorn or decorate. Here is the kicker; to make finer in quality, as by supplying desirable elements or ingredients. To make finer in quality.
Singer/songwriter Joel Hemphill said it this way: “He’s still working on me, to make me what I ought to be.” Knowledge, utterance, faith, diligence, love, grace, and all bountifulness. Those are just a few things listed throughout the New Testament that we have been enriched with by God, making us of finer quality. Country singer John Anderson sung a song that said, “I’m just an old chunk of coal, but I’m going to be a diamond someday.” The verse above tell us that the Lord’s bountifulness should cause thanksgiving through us. We should “abound in this grace also” according to 2 Corinthians 8:7. “Abound” means to be rich or well supplied. Who would have ever thought that reading Dictionary.com would have ever been such a blessing?
Are we getting it yet? Philippians 4:6 says, “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” God has definitely “enriched” my life. Proverbs 10:22 says,”The blessing of the Lord maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.” With wealth may come sorrow and worry but when the Lord makes you rich with his blessings, there is none of that. Romans 10:12 says that “the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.” Ephesians 2:4 may be the best verse of all about God’s enrichment. It says, “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us.” I am so thankful that God is always rich in mercy and enriches us with it when we call on him. Without his mercy there would be no hope for any of us. I use this verse quite a bit but 1 Thessalonians says “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
Another phrase I like is “In all things.” Genesis 24:41 says “..The Lord blessed Abraham in all things.” Deuteronomy 4:7 tells us that “God is in all things that we call on him for.” Here is another good one found in 2 Corinthians 9:8 “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.” Paul told Timothy “In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works…” God has blessed us beyond measure and given us all things that we need to live for him. At his throne is the only place we can get the things that will make us of “finer quality.” No one else has the good things of God.
We abound in his grace, we have all sufficiency in all things. Plus, he is rich in mercy and loves us with the greatest love ever because he laid down his life for us. He is no respecter of persons (Romans 2:11) and “…is rich unto all that call upon him.” How thankful we should be to have a God that loves us and cares for us like that. Like I said starting out: you can’t get all this just anywhere. Ephesians 1:3 says that God has “Blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” Deuteronomy 28:2 says “And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord.” Think about that: Listen to God and get overtaken by blessings. All of that and forgiveness of our sins too! We truly are “Rich In Every Thing.” Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!