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Topic: Africa (03/05/09)
TITLE: Provoked To Pursue After God
By Quincy Osborne
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From time to time, I think about the words spoken by an African preacher who visited our church in Florida. He spoke about how the people in the region of Africa where he resides, would consider themselves to be materially and financially rich if they possessed even a fraction of the things that the so-called poor in America possess. He mentioned that one of the most obvious things he was able to realize when he returned to Africa, following his trips to the USA, was that the Christians in his African home town have a kind of wealth that was not as noticeable in America. He spoke about how rich those African people are when it comes down to having faith in God and really being able to trust in God to have all of their needs met. It was very obvious that where they lacked in material wealth, they more than made up for it with the Spiritual Riches that all of God’s people should have, no matter what circumstances they might be faced with.
This story with it’s African connections, provokes me to have a deeper hunger for God and makes me realize that one does not have to live in the kind of surroundings that the African preacher spoke of in order to have a strong and abiding faith in the Lord. My mind goes back to the story in the Bible about Job and how God proclaimed that Job was “a perfect and upright man” even though he was blessed with much material wealth. All of his material possessions did not keep him from having a strong passion for God. He did not put his hope in his wealth and therefore gives us the perfect example that we should follow.
I encourage all Christians to practice being hungry for God each and everyday and never get to the place where you feel as though you have finally arrived at that place in God where there is no more need for growth. One of the most awesome things I have learned about God is that when you show Him that you want more of Him, He will reveal more and more of Himself to you, and on top of that, He will deposit more and more hunger on the inside of you which leaves you with an even sweeter desire to keep on pursuing after Him.
So, whether you reside in an area similar to the one that the African preacher spoke of, or if you live in an area surrounded by the world’s greatest riches, the only True Riches in this life are those Spiritual Riches that the True and Living God can provide through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. When You Get Jesus, You Become Rich! You Become Rich When You Get Jesus!
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