I Am Rich and Increased With Goods

“Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing…” (Revelation 3:17)

The Laodicean church Age is the last church Age and we are in it today – and if ever was a time that people are physically “rich and increased with goods” it is today. There are still many that are physically poor, but in many places those who call themselves poor, are rich compared to what their predecesors had. It is far better to be rich towards God, than to be financially comfortable in this life.

  • “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” (1 Timothy 6:6-10)
  • “But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.” (Luke 12:20-21)
  • “Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?” (James 2:5)
  • “A GOOD name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold… …By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life.” (Proverbs 22:1 & 4)
  • “There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.” (Proverbs 13:7)
  • “They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches; None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him:” (Psalms 49:6-7)

Being rich and increased with goods can bring a snare on your life. When Jesus told of the parable of the different types of ground (or the hearts of men) where the Word of God was sown to bring forth fruit (in Mark 4:3-20), he noted one of the grounds or hearts as having “thorns” growing in it. These “thorns” became a great hindrance to the spiritual life of those who had them: “And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful” (Mark 4:18-19).

If physical thorns are all around you, they can be painfully effective in restricting your movement in any type of work you may try to do. So too, the same is true if you carelessly allow cares, riches, lusts, entertainments, personal goals, etc. fill your life and time. Doing much for God will become “painfully” inconvenient and wearisome. Love first for God and lost souls will not be your primary motivator. You will become “unfruitful” for God.

2 responses to “I Am Rich and Increased With Goods

  1. I feel as tho i have become lukewarm with GOD, and i am not totally sure where to begin to get back on right track.everytime i try, something ALWAYS happens to throw me off track. Help

  2. Dear friend, where is your first love, and where is the first love of those you fellowship? This is all about the choices of our heart that determine the choices of our physical life: what we do, whom we are around, and where we go, and ultimately how much time we spend with who should be our first love: Jesus Christ.

    If we first start our relationship with the Lord right, then good follow on choices will keep us on the right track.

    “This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” ~ 1 John 1:5-7

    If our first love is Jesus Christ, and we continue to walk faithful to him, then we have light to know who to fellowship and walk with.

    “Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.” ~ Revelation 2:4-5

    The candlestick is those people whose love for the Lord and his Word is pure and faithful. You can see and live faithful by that light.

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