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Focus Scripture: 2 Corinthians 9: 6 - 11

When I think about the word ‘enrich’ my mind races back in time to the Summer Enrichment program at my elementary school. It was summer camp at the local public school. Lots of crafts and arts to be learned, but it wasn’t hard because it was fun. We were there voluntarily, so that helped, too.

The Greek word translated as enriched literally means ‘make rich’. Last week we discussed ‘inspiring’ and how it is through the presence of the Holy Spirit that we are inspired. I believe that the presence of the Holy Spirit is even more critical in understanding (and undergirding) ‘enriched’.

First important point to understand is: we do not make ourselves rich. Man building his own wealth is the one Christ speaks of in Luke 6:46 – 49 (or Matthew 7: 24 - 27) that builds the house with no foundation except sand*. Through the inspiration of the Spirit, we are able to see our value and are indeed made rich. Let us consider this in light of Peter’s first letter. 1 Peter 2: 4 - 5, “and coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected by men, but choice and precious in the sight of God, you also, as living stones, are being built up as a Spiritual house for a holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” Feel free to read on through the twelfth verse. Or read Revelation 21 and the vivid description of the New Jerusalem.

*consider sand as dirt or clay. That house is built on prideful “man” … a grain of sand is larger than a grain of clay.

So, if we are where we are – voluntarily, and not under compulsion – abiding in the presence of the Holy Spirit, our value as foundational stones in Christ may indeed enrich the lives of those around us. We are the ones being crafted and assembled by our Lord and Savior.

Another application of this principle of enrichment is in 2 Kings 4: 1 – 7; check it out.

I pray that your value in Christ will enrich the lives of those around you. (Read 2 Thessalonians 1: 11 – 12.) May our lives, lived for Christ, truly produce thanksgiving to God no matter where we are at.

Amen.

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