Written by Katherine Manthe
With the beginning of a new year upon us, I’ve been thinking a lot about how I want to start 2020. I’ve decided I want to begin strong and well organized, so I bought a planner. I’ll use my favorite set of pens to color code my schedule, assignments, and activities. I also made a list of bills I’ll have to pay, groceries to get, and payments to stay on top of. Now that I’m living with my husband, I started to realize just how expensive this new year is going to be. I may have felt put together and excited about the new year, but I also felt really poor.
That night, during my Bible study, I came across my confirmation passage, 1 John 3:1: “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!”
I marveled at that for a moment. I have given God countless reasons to abandon me, but He still calls me His child. I have been unfaithful, fickle, and dishonest, and yet He still calls me by my name. I am so deeply loved by God that there is nothing I could ever do to make that love go away.
I began to realize what an incredible gift this is, a gift so valuable no money could ever buy it. I didn’t feel poor anymore. In fact, I felt very very rich. Our Heavenly Father gives us the most important gift of all: eternal life. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
God loves all of us so much, that He sent His only Son to die. This is the love that is talked about in 1 John, the love that saves us from Hell. Because Christ has redeemed us, we get to spend eternal life in Heaven with Him. We are wealthy beyond all measure because of what He has done for us!
Not only does God give us this amazing gift of grace, but He promises to take care of us. Matthew 6:26 says, “Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”
In reality, He gives us so much more than that. He blesses us with unnecessary gifts which we so often feel entitled to: I have two wonderful parents who love me and have brought me up in the faith, six siblings that I adore, a Christian husband, and a job I love. I have a warm home to live in, hot and cold running water, and a comfortable bed to sleep in at night. But the truth is, we don’t deserve any of this, let alone Christmas trees, decorations, knick knacks, tvs, games, toys, and more. I look at everything that He has so graciously blessed me with and it’s just impossible to feel anything but thankful. I’m not worried about how I’m going to afford this new year anymore. God has promised to take care of me, and I trust Him to do just that. I am rich, for I have been redeemed through Christ.