The Poor Scottish Woman
I was chosen for this special joy of telling the Gentiles about the endless treasures available to them in Christ
The old Scottish woman lived in the most impoverished conditions. Years before, her son had immigrated to America. There he had become a very successful businessman, but had never found time to return home to visit his mother.
One day a friend sat talking with the old lady in her sparsely furnished cottage. "Doesn't your son ever send you money to help with your needs?" she inquired.
"No," the woman shook her head sadly. "He does write me nice letters, though. And he sends me the most interesting pictures!"
The listener was annoyed, realizing that the son was quite wealthy. But, instead of speaking her mind, she simply said, "May I see the pictures?"
The aged mother proudly brought them out of a drawer. To her visitor's amazement, they were not pictures at all. They were valuable bank notes from America, amounting to tens of thousands of dollars. For decades, the Scottish mother had been needlessly living in poverty when all along she had this money without knowing it.
This is another example of someone living in poverty only because of ignorance of what they already owned.
This is so true of many Christians
. The story reminds me of all of the treasures of heaven
which we inherit because we are co-heirs with Christ, many of which can be claimed by faith while here on earth. Of course, the full riches of that relationship will be totally revealed in heaven when we don't look through a glass darkly. But many forget that we are commanded to pray, "Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven" (Matthew 6:10
). God wants us to pull down blessings from heaven by faith even before we get there! But Christians are often too reluctant.
The person who exercises great faith because he serves and knows a great God will claim more of those rights and blessings as co-heirs with Christ than someone who does not have faith -- yet both have the same rights. Faith liberates and releases those treasures.
Jesus said, "Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom" (Luke 12:32
And Paul wrote that God, "...has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ" (Ephesians 1:3
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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