It surprises many Christians to discover that the word enjoy is found in the Bible. As a friend commented to me one day, “Most Christians endure the Christian life; they don’t really enjoy it.” But how can you help but enjoy being a Christian when you realize how rich you are in Christ?
You have, for instance, the “riches of his goodness” (Ro 2:4). “For the LORD is good,” sings the psalmist (100:5), and He is! The everyday provisions of your needs, the sunshine and rain, the power to work—all of these are evidences of the goodness of God. The trouble is that too many Christians forget the goodness of the Lord and take these blessings for granted.
And, there are “the riches of his grace” (Eph. 1:7). God in His grace meets every spiritual need you may have. He is “the God of all grace” (1 Pe 5:10), and “he giveth more grace” (Ja 4:6). He promises, “My grace is sufficient for thee” in 2 Corinthians 12:9. God in His mercy does not give you what you do deserve, but God in His grace gives you what you don’t deserve!
But please do not forget “his riches in glory” (Phil. 4:19). While on earth, Jesus was the poorest of the poor; but glorified today in heaven, He is the richest of the rich! Do you need strength? Ephesians 3:16 promises this strength “according to the riches of his glory.” Turn to your glorified Lord in heaven and, by faith, receive what you need.
God wants you to enjoy the “true riches” of heaven (Lk 16:11) and not the passing riches of this world. Enjoy them today!
(Copyright, Warren W. Wiersbe. First appeared in Thoughts for Men on the Move. May not be copied or reproduced without express written permission of the author.)
Dr. Warren Wiersbe (1929-2019) was an internationally known Bible teacher, author, and conference speaker. He graduated in 1953 from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lombard, Illinois. While attending seminary, he was ordained as pastor of Central Baptist Church in 1951 and served until 1957. From September 1957 to 1961, Wiersbe served as Director of The Literature Division for Youth for Christ International. From 1961 to 1971 he pastored Calvary Baptist Church of Covington, Kentucky south of Cincinnati, Ohio. His sermons were broadcast as the “Calvary Hour” on a local Cincinnati radio station. From 1971 to 1978, He served as the pastor of Moody Church in Chicago 1971 to 1978. While at Moody Church he continued in radio ministry. Between August 1979 and March 1982, he wrote bi-weekly for Christianity Today as “Eutychus X”, taught practical theology classes at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, and wrote the course material and taught a Doctor of Ministry course at Trinity and Dallas Seminary. In 1980 he transitioned to Back to the Bible radio broadcasting network where he worked until 1990. Dr. Wiersbe became Writer in Residence at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids and Distinguished Professor of Preaching at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. In his lifetime, Dr. Wiersbe wrote over 170 books—including the popular Be series, which has sold over four million copies. Dr. Wiersbe was awarded the Gold Medallion Lifetime Achievement by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA).