Mary Bernard: The Rich Life

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.

2 Corinthians 8:8-10

This little boy came to CURE Ethiopia last week to be evaluated for surgery. We don’t have monetary riches to give him, but the riches of God’s love, and His transforming power, we are privileged to share.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what it means to be rich. Why is this something that most people on this Earth long for? Is it so that every desire could be met easily and quickly, so anything I want I can have?

I think this is part of it. But as I thought more about it, I think the reason the “rich life” appeals to many is because we perceive it to be a life finally free of worry and fear, a life of peace, a life free of struggle, a relief from striving and trying and worrying.

What do you think? Where we live now in Ethiopia, many people think that America is the promised land, flowing with milk and honey, and if they could only get there somehow, everything would be all right. In America, however, there is still the worrying and the striving, the lack of peace.

God knows our deep need for the feeling of peace. The Bible says “fear not” or something like it something like 366 times – enough for every day of the year.

Jesus says: “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10

One of my favorite songs is Beka Shae’s “Life.” She talks about living the “rich life” and how God has given her “this amazing peace” – I agree with her – that is the rich life. It is not about money but about peace – and living an abundant life basking in God’s peace – this amazing peace.

If we can get to a place of daily dependence on Him, we can experience true prosperity and peace, where we know He knows our every need before we do and has a plan to take care of that need in a way that is more than we can ask or imagine.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.

Ephesians 3:20-21


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Mary Bernard is an anesthesiologist and the Medical Director of CURE Ethiopia. Her husband, Christopher, is philosophy professor serving in Ethiopia with SIM. They have four children.


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