The poor emperor and rich beggar

Maybe it’s human nature to focus more on what we don’t have than on what we do.

We turn on our TVs or go online and get bombarded about what we should have (but don’t) or what cool things other people are doing (but we aren’t).

And then a pandemic comes—and stays!—and we don’t get to do this, that, or a million other things. I get it.

But Christ is sufficient. In a world-of-want, that can seem like a strange thing to think, even alien. But consider it this way.

Charles Spurgeon was a well-known preacher from the 1800’s. In a sermon about the sufficiency of Christ, he said: “No Emperor that has not Christ is half as rich as he that has Christ and is a beggar.”*

That’s excellent. How can you feel perpetually deprived if you are walking with the Lord, and if you have been supplied everything that is of eternal worth?

“All things are yours,” Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 3:21 and 23, “and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God.”

When we have a heart full of Christ and a future full of hope, we are less distressed when we lose things that will rust, break down, or fade anyway.

All things are yours.

“No Emperor that has not Christ is half as rich as he that has Christ and is a beggar.”*

–“Up!” is published 5 days a week (Monday-Friday) and returns on February 15, 2021.

–*As quoted in the podcast: ‘A Few Minutes With A Puritan,’ hosted by Joshua Mack. Posted on January 18, 2021.

–Bible quotes are from the NIV.

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