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Verses 18-20: “the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,”

Paul here is voicing a prayer for the Ephesians; according to some reading I did in the Holman Concordance on Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians (page 94), he prays that we might comprehend our hope, our riches, and God’s power.

I got to thinking about the U.S. dollar, our currency. My son once asked me is it still backed by gold, as it was in the past. I looked up the information today on the Federal Reserve’s website, http://www.federalreserve.gov/faqs/currency_12770.htm . Per that information, in short, our currency “shall be redeemed in lawful money on demand at the Treasury Department of the United States, in the city of Washington, District of Columbia, or at any Federal Reserve bank”. It is no longer redeemable in gold. We have the hope/faith that our paper money is legal currency. A lot of folks base the worth of their riches on U.S. currency, and the power of the federal government to make good on that promise.

As Christians, our hope is “built on nothing less than Jesus’s blood and righteousness” as the old hymn, The Solid Rock, goes.
We have riches in Christ that far outstrip anything this old world has to offer. I chuckle to remember the old story joke about the old rich man trying to take one precious item into Heaven, and the angel’s reaction when he sees it is gold bars…”pavement? You want to bring pavement into Heaven?” (streets of gold).
Our faith which supports our hope and our riches is the power of God Himself. The petty pursuits of man, fictional or real, to pursue what they think is power on this world, pale in comparison to the real power our Lord has.

Something to think about.

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verses 1-2: “Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I directed the churches of Galatia, so do you also. On the first day of every week let each one of you put aside and save, as he may prosper, that no collections be made when I come.”

In this last chapter of 1 Corinthians, Paul is wrapping up his letter with some quick instructions. My Bible has a footnote regarding the instructions of verse 2: the first of every week was Sunday, that’s when the giving takes place; the money is set aside for that purpose; and you give in proportion to God’s prospering.

Times are tough; yes, I know, late-breaking news on that front….but even though the economy changes, God doesn’t. He still is the same God who showers us in blessings. Jesus never said we’ll be financially rich, remember? But we are richer knowing Him as our Lord and Savior.

All God instructed was that we returned 1/10th back to him. All I can say is, I have always seen blessings when I faithfully tithe. I believe you will, too. Don’t let your tithing be an afterthought, or “hey, we got some money left, let’s tithe”. There is a reason the term “first fruits” is used in the Bible. The tithe comes first.

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