MONDAY, JULY 21, 2014
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.— Ephesians 1:3
Hetty Green was known as America’s greatest miser, but she was worth a lot of money. When she died in 1916, she left an estate valued at $100 to $200 million. That is a lot today, but it was even more back then.
What is amazing about Hetty Green is that she lived as through she were poverty stricken. She would eat cold oatmeal every day to save the expense of heating the water. She debated the value of skim milk compared to whole milk and how much money she could save. When her son had a severe leg injury, she took so long trying to find a free clinic to treat him that his leg had to be amputated because of advanced infection. She even hastened her own death by not taking care of herself. She lived like a pauper when, in reality, she was a multimillionaire.
Like Hetty Green, some Christians might not realize how much is actually in their spiritual bank account. Such believers are experiencing spiritual malnutrition because they have not taken advantage of the great storehouse of spiritual nourishment and resources that are at their disposal. Because of what God has done for us, we can live full, productive, and effective Christian lives. We don’t have to find insufficient funds when we go to our spiritual ATM machine. God’s heavenly bank has no such limitations or restrictions.
No Christian has to be spiritually deprived or undernourished or impoverished. The Lord’s heavenly resources are more than adequate to cover the cost of all of our past debts, our present liabilities, and our future needs and still not reduce our heavenly assets.
Today’s devotional is an excerpt from Every Day with Jesus by Greg Laurie, 2013
Radio Program: “The 2nd Coming of Jesus Christ — I”
TV Program: “I Don’t Want to Talk About It, Part 2”
Bible Reading: 2 Kings 18-19, 2 Chronicles 32, James 5