Riches, Honor, Life

For Thursday, June 7, 2007
Proverbs 22:4

The reward for humility and fear of the Lord
is riches and honor and life.

What riches? Every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, the riches of God's grace, forgiveness of sin, redemption, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, adoption by God as his child, God's steadfast, unmerited love.

What honor? To be called a child of God, to hear "well done, good and faithful servant," to be called brother or sister by Jesus Christ, to actually receive "praise and honor and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ," to someday receive an "eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison," to wear the crown of life.

What life? Abundant life in Christ, a forgiven life, a redeemed life, an eternal life of joy, a meaningful life, a transformed life, a life to come in which we will not sin nor be sinned against nor feel any effect of sin, a life spend in the presence of God and of the Lamb.

Not a bad deal.