This is making better or improving the quality by adding something desirable to what is already there.

We are made spiritually rich in Christ, "For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though He was rich, yet for your sakes became poor, that through His poverty you might be rich...In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace" (2 Cor 8:9; Eph 1:7). Everything that comes from salvation in Christ as it is outworked will enrich our whole life enabling us to be productive and always advancing in the things of God. Our Christian life can be blessed with the unsearchable riches of Christ (Eph 3:8).

“I always thank God for you because of His grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in Him you have been enriched in every way…” (1 Cor 1:5). God is a generous God, liberally pouring blessings upon us from His vast supply as we open ourselves up to Him in faith to receive. Paul confidently stated,

Enrich your life through fellowshipping with your maker and redeemer

“You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God” (2 Cor 9:11). This enrichment is not solely for our personal benefit but so we can reach out to the lost with the message of salvation and to encourage our fellow believers.

Satan has always promised much, yet he can’t deliver, with Jesus truthfully saying, “The thief’s purpose is to steal, kill and destroy. My purpose is to give life in all its fullness” (Jn 10:10). Embracing salvation may improve the earthly life of some, while for others it will bring persecution and increased physical hardship, but it will certainly result in the all-important eternal life for those who follow Him.

David’s testimony was, “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall lack nothing…” (Ps 23:1-6). He concentrated on and gave his attention to God, utilizing the divine resources available. Since then (OT times), Jesus has defeated all the power of the enemy through the cross and we have the Holy Spirit living within us (1 Cor 6:19; 1 Jn 3:8). How much greater our spiritual experiences should be as we have been “enriched in every way”.

Our lives are also enriched by the positive experiences and wholesome friendships we develop with our character improved as we respond in a godly way to the trials and challenges of life. The world’s philosophy is largely focused on personal pleasure on earth, with self at the centre; this stance is in total contrast to what the Bible teaches,

Do I enrich the lives of others or deplete them?

where God is always to be our top priority, followed by our love and concern for others, as we keep eternity in mind (Ex 20:3; Mk 12:30,31). Unfortunately, even within Christianity, being self-absorbed, alongside expectations of temporal (earthly) blessing as advocated by the prosperity doctrine can easily divert attention from developing the character qualities God requires and being concerned about others also achieving eternally lasting outcomes (Lk 6:31; Phil 2:4,21).

See also: application, character, growth, prosper/prosperity, prosperity doctrine, riches.