What We Have in Christ


What I possess cannot be measured with monetary figures.

A person living in a poverty stricken third world country might look at what I possess and classify me a rich man. By the normal American standard, however, I dangle barely above the poverty level. I have a fulfilling and exciting job but with pay far less than that of my government funded counterparts. My only vehicle is 12 years old with 200K miles. The only health insurance I can afford is what the government grants me free of charge. Though my employer offers a retirement option, I can't afford to contribute. And my wife and I live in a small patio townhouse boxed in by neighbors.

What I don't have in material things is more than compensated for by what I have in Christ. "And we have received God's Spirit (not the world's spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us." I Corinthians 2:12 NLT

In Christ, I have forgiveness of all my sins . . . past, present, and future. I don't have to worry about dying with unconfessed sin; Christ has taken care of those as well. There is a freeing effect in knowing I've been released from sin's chains and will never stand in the "condemned" position any longer. Forgiveness changes my perspective on life. I now have purpose and can face any challenge with Christ's indwelling Spirit as my source of strength. Forgiveness brings a sense of peace that can't be experienced through any other means.

In Christ, my eternity is secure. Knowing this eliminates fear-not the fear of dying but the fear of now knowing what's ahead. Heaven . . . and all God offers there, is mine for the enjoyment.

Having Christ also brings abundance. Not an abundance of possessions or money but a satisfaction that comes from recognizing that I and my Creator have re-connected in a love relationship characterized by every aspect-and more, that I search for in an earthly relationship. He promises to care for me and supply every need I have.

Have you trusted Christ as your Savior? If not, there's no better time than now.

Prayer: Eternal God, thank You for sending Your Son to die for our sins. We trust Him now as the Savior of our souls.

Martin Wiles
Hodges, South Carolina, USA

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