The Richest People in the Universe are Highly Favored of God!


Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

(Ephesians 1:1-3)

Henrietta Howland “Hetty” Green (November 21, 1834 – July 3, 1916) was nicknamed “The Witch of Wall Street”, was an American businesswoman and financier known as “the richest woman in America” during the Gilded Age. Known for both her wealth and her miserliness, she was the lone woman to amass a fortune when other major financiers were men. (Wikipedia)

She took a 6 million dollar inheritance and invested it dying with a total net worth of 100 million dollars. In today’s economy, she would have worth 2.1 billion dollars.

But here is the thing, she was called the “The Witch of Wall Street” not because she was mean person, but because she was extremely miserly in her ways. Here are some examples of just how miserly Hetty Green was…

She was said never to turn on the heat or use hot water. She wore one old black dress and undergarments that she changed only after they had been worn out, did not wash her hands and rode in an old carriage. She ate mostly pies that cost fifteen cents. One tale claims that Green spent half a night searching her carriage for a lost stamp worth two cents. Another asserts that she instructed her laundress to wash only the dirtiest parts of her dresses (the hems) to save money on soap…Her frugality extended to family life. When her son Ned broke his leg as a child, Hetty tried to have him admitted to a free clinic for the poor. Mythic accounts have her storming away after being recognized; her biographer Slack says that she paid her bill and took her son to other doctors. His leg did not heal properly and, after years of treatment, it had to be amputated. (Wikipedia)

She is noted as “The World’s Greatest Miser” in the Guinness Book of World records. She died in 1916 at the age of 86. It is said that she died of a stroke while arguing with a maid about the virtues of skimmed milk. (Wikipedia)

Hetty Green is a classic illustration of many Christians today. We are rich beyond measure! Yet, we live as if we don’t have a dime. Sure, our riches are not this world’s riches. They are spiritual riches bestowed by a wonderful and loving God. Spiritually, we are the richest people in the universe, but we act like we have nothing to live for. I hope that we will change our thinking and begin living like the rich people we truly are.

The Apostle Paul in writing to believers in Ephesus gives us great encouragement in Ephesians 1:3.

First, remember, as a believer, you are highly favored by God. Paul wrote “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.” Notice the phrase “who hath blessed us…” The word “blessed” literally means “to think highly of or to be highly favored.” In essence, Paul is addressing the believers at Ephesus as those who God highly favors.

What a great thought! God considers you and me, as believers, to be His favorite people. Way too many times we often view ourselves as unworthy of His favor. We allow sinful thoughts, deeds, and actions hinder true biblical thinking concerning our relationship with God. Many Christians have thoughts that God is out to punish them or, at the least, He does not like them. However, that sort of thinking is very far from the truth revealed in God’s Word. Matter of fact, it repeated over and over again in the Word of God how much God thinks of us.

For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation. (Psalms 149:4)

Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah (my delight is in her), and thy land Beulah: for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married. (Isaiah 62:4)

Let’s not forget that we are highly favored by God. We are blessed, because He loves us. He cares for us. If God had a Facebook page, you would be on His friend’s list. He counts you as one of His own.

Another thing we can learn from Ephesians 1:3 is we are not just highly favored, but we are the richest people in the universe. Paul noted that as His people we are “blessed with all spiritual blessings…” Here we have the word “blessings.” It is derivative of the same Greek word for “blessed.” It simply means “benefit.” There are huge benefits to being a child of the King.

Everyone likes having benefits. The most desiring and lucrative jobs often come with great benefits – retirement plans, health insurance, etc. Those are the jobs that people go after. However, those benefits pale in comparison to the benefits that God has given His people.

Here is very small sample of the best benefits in the universe!

  • Forgiveness
  • Adoption into God’s family
  • Power to overcome all sorts of conflicts
  • Ambassador for Him
  • Part of Royal Priesthood

And the list could literally go on and on. Christian, you have much for which to be thankful. Why? You are highly favored by Him and He has made you the richest person in the universe. Perhaps we should start living like children of the King instead of living like spiritual misers.

Works Cited

Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hetty_Green. January 2015. Article. January 2015.

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