January 21 Day 21
How Then Shall We Live?
Devotions on Living a Deeper Christian Life
“..that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ.” – Eph 3:8
Years ago, the great art collector, William Randolph Hearst, sat in his study reading about a rare artifact that had eluded his art findings for many years. After reading the article, Hearst called in his best researchers for an information meeting on the priceless object. He described the artifact in detail to the men, and told them to buy it at any price.
The men set out to find the artifact and looked diligently for many months. Then one day, the head of the research team came into Mr. Hearst’s office and declared that they had found it.
“Well, where is it?” inquired Mr. Hearst with great anticipation.
“It is one of your own warehouses sir.” reported the man.
Mr. Hearst already had in his possession the very thing that he had longed for so badly, for so many years.
This story reminds me of the hidden riches that we have in Christ:
Ephesians 3:16 tells us about the riches of His glory.
Ephesians 2:7 tells us about the riches of His grace.
Romans 2:4 tells us about the riches of His goodness.
Romans 11:33 tells us of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God.
Col 1:27 tells us of the riches of the mystery of Christ in us, the hope of glory.
Ephesians 1:18 tells us of the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.
Ephesians 3:8 tells us that these riches in Christ are “unsearchable.” Strong’s Concordance explains the word “unsearchable” as follows; “That cannot be searched out, that cannot be comprehended.” God’s riches are beyond our understanding; we cannot “search” them out and somehow capture them. This is contrary to the things of this world, as we see in the example of Mr. Hearst’s quest in which his men were able to search the world and find his desired riches. God’s riches are Eternal in value, unlike the riches of the world that will eventually fade away in time and be forgotten in someone’s warehouse collection of riches.
It is so easy to get caught up in our own struggles to make your way through this life. Yet, God explains in His word, that His children need only to ask and receive God’s riches that were already planted in our hearts by His Spirit. We have what we have been searching for! It is within us. God asks merely for us to seek Him out, and therein, we will discover the forgotten riches we have in Christ.
Words to Think About…
<>–IT DEPENDS ON HOW YOU LOOK AT THINGS—-<>
When a mother saw a thunderstorm forming in mid-afternoon, she worried about her seven-year-old daughter who would be walking home alone from school. Deciding to go and meet her, the mother saw her child walking nonchalantly along the road. The girl looked up and smiled whenever the lightning flashed. Seeing her mother, she ran to her, explaining happily, “All the way home, God has been taking my picture.”
The word “Witness” is a translation of the Greek word “Martus,” from which we get our English work “Martyr” – one who witnesses with his or her life.
“We tend by secret law of the soul to move toward our mental image of God.” – A.W. Tozer.