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How Rich Is Jesus?
That question is called clickbait. I ask that ridiculous question to get a response. Why did I do this? Because I want to share with you a powerful truth about the level of provision God wants to bring into your life. Read Philippians 4:19 again. In this verse, Paul is not trying to report on the financial disclosures of Jesus Christ. He does seem to make a statement as to the level of the provision that is available to us.
God desires to meet our material needs. Paul just finished telling the Philippian church about how much they are a blessing to him. He is now in a place where he has need of nothing materially. This is partly because of their contributions toward his ministry. Paul said that their contribution given to him was actually given to God. God was using their financial/material contributions to help Paul.
This sets the stage for the verse for Paul to say “my God” will provide for you. His God is His Provider. He is telling them that the same God Who provides for him will provide for them.
But what is the level of provision God wants to bring to them and you? Is the level of provision large or small? Does God only give barely what is needed and sometimes not even that OR does God go above a beyond to provide for us? To those questions, Paul says that God will meet their “needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” It seems that God does not meet the need according to the need but according to some other measure. That measure is what is in Christ Jesus. One might say that the level of surrender a person makes toward Jesus Christ they will receive an unlimited supply bought by His total sacrifice.
This Christmas, which is called a season of giving, let’s trust in His provision. He calls us to be givers because He is a giver. What do you need? Are you willing to trust that God is willing to provide for you? Have you surrendered everything to Him?
This Sunday we will unpack this verse further.
We love you. We are looking forward to seeing you at Evangel North Church Sunday 9 AM & 11 AM, and Wednesday at 7 PM.
Pastors John & Erin Carmichael
Evangel North Church – A multi-generational multi-ethnic church reaching a region with the Gospel of Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit and the love of God.