April 16: The Wisdom of Holy Week

“Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.”  Proverbs 3:9-10

Jesus was a homeless person.  His sacrifice for you and me was total and complete.  He wasted no time building his nest egg.  He spent no energy saving for a rainy day.  He had no place to call “Home.”

Along the way he received an expensive robe made of one solid piece of cloth.  It was a piece fit for a king, but was ripped from him unceremoniously on Good Friday.  The Roman Soldiers noted the quality of the clothing and cast lots for it so that it’s value would not be wasted.  Even that last bit of wealth was given for us.  That last bit of modesty.  That last bit of comfort.  That last bit of dignity.  Given for you so that you may be rich.

Jesus honored the Lord with his wealth, fulfilling this proverb so that we can be rich.  The Bible doesn’t promise earthly riches though.  This type of wealth is beyond what money can buy.  It’s wealth beyond our wildest imagination that is given.  Because Jesus became poor, we have become rich!  These riches are not for this world where moth and rust destroy and their value will diminish over time.  These riches are for eternity!

There’s a great hymn that carries this message to its fulfillment.  “I’m but a stranger here, Heaven is my home!”  Because Jesus honored the Lord with His wealth He has gone ahead to prepare your home.  Jesus said, “In my Father’s house are many rooms,” and, “I will go to prepare a place for you there.”  Because of his total sacrifice you have riches for eternity!

 

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