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My Wealth is in the Cross- Philippians 3 // By Marialicia Coates

 

I have the privilege to lead the We Are Beautiful organization. My heart couldn’t be happier every time we receive an email or a comment with people thanking us for speaking truth, helping them develop a closer relationship with Christ, and allowing them to walk out their beautiful God-given purposes. Yes, we not only help women change the way they see themselves and their Creator, but we open opportunities for women to fulfill their dreams to the best of our capacities. We have women in leadership, women who write, women who are great at event planning, photography, research, preaching, business, counseling, and even cooking! I love the fact that women can flourish in their callings and talents while they serve and inspire other women.

One of my favorite things about leading WAB is that I get to choose every month’s series for our blog. Around the 15th of each month, I start thinking about the next book of the Bible, person in the Bible or theme that we can write on for the following months. After asking The Lord for direction, He always gives me an answer in the most fun ways.   I remember I had been asking God what series to release in the months of March and April and that week I decided to join my church choir and sing at the Sunday services. I’m going to be honest, with a toddler and a baby on the way it’s hard to really plan to sing in the choir on a Sunday morning. So no, I did not attend the Thursday rehearsal and I had no idea what songs we would be singing. That Sunday morning on my way to church I just hoped they were songs I knew and I really hoped I would not be in any of the shots for the live broadcast if there was a song I didn’t know the words for. Sure enough, there was one song I had never heard! Oh man! I have never sung WA-TER-ME-LON so many times before! For those who don’t know, WATERMELON is a word that will help you “look like” you know the words to a song when you don’t, at least that’s what’s I’ve been taught (not by teachers lol) For the second service I just decided to listen to the words and BOOM it hit me!

 

My Wealth Is In The Cross – Hillsong Music

Verse 1
There is a hill I cherish
Where stood a precious tree
The emblem of salvation
The gift of Calvary

 

Verse 2
How is it I should profit
While He is crucified
Yet as His life was taken
So I was granted mine

 

Chorus
My wealth is in the cross
There’s nothing more I want
Than just to know His love
My heart is set on Christ
And I will count all else as loss
The greatest of my crowns
Mean nothing to me now
For I counted up the cost
And all my wealth is in the cross

 

Verse 3
I will not boast in riches
I have no pride in gold
But I will boast in Jesus
And in His Name alone

 

Verse 4
And when I stand in glory
My crowns before the Lord
Let this be my confession
My wealth is in the cross

 

 

I’ve always loved the words of the Apostle Paul on Philippians 3: 7-11:

7 I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake, I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with him. I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. Or through the faithfulness of Christ. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith. I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death, so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead!

 

 

I don’t come from a family of ministers. My dad is a businessman and my mom is the best stay at home mom I’ve ever met. So no, I don’t have any way to boast my name in the church scene haha. I haven’t finished my masters in Ministry so I can’t boast about being a Master in The Lord’s studies. I have never held a Pastoral position at any church nor have I preached at the biggest women’s conferences out there. But there is one thing I have accomplished and it’s called We Are Beautiful. I stepped out in faith at 24 and used the money I was supposed to pay Graduate school with to publish the first issue of We Are Beautiful Magazine. I’ve been able to minister to thousands of women around the world through this community that has been built step by step and I’ve been able to preach in different parts of the world. So yeah, I could have something to boast about. I have accomplished something for the Kingdom of God. But what if I told you that all this is garbage to me when it comes to comparing it to knowing Christ? No, I’m not trying to play Paul here. It’s a hard, long humbling road to get to that point, but it’s the best one, my friend!

 

 

My 16-month-old Mia Adele Hope was born on November 4th, 2015. My very first baby came to change my world! The Lord had told me she would come and everything would change but boy did I underestimate those words! I never thought that after she came I would almost shut WAB down. Yes. God told me to slow it down and to not meet with my Tulsa team anymore. Wait. What? “Lord, that means I would lose my team in Tulsa. We Are Beautiful’s home base!” Trust me. It was hard. I felt that all I have worked for I was literally throwing in the trash. But one day. One day God said, “Through Mia, you will get to know me more. What do you choose? Me or WAB?”

 

 

4 We put no confidence in human effort, though I could have confidence in my own effort if anyone could. Indeed, if others have reason for confidence in their own efforts, I have even more!
I was circumcised when I was eight days old. I am a pure-blooded citizen of Israel and a member of the tribe of Benjamin—a real Hebrew if there ever was one! I was a member of the Pharisees, who demand the strictest obedience to the Jewish law. I was so zealous that I harshly persecuted the church. And as for righteousness, I obeyed the law without fault.
I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake, I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with him. I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. Or through the faithfulness of Christ. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith. I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death, so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead!
Philippians 3:4-11

 

These words are not just words anymore. These verses totally capture the description of my life these last 16 months. If to know Him more means to throw all my human efforts away so I can focus on His beauty, His goodness, His grace. I will do it!

 

 

I believe I’m in a season of getting to know Him better. I’m at home most of the time. Not traveling as much, not teaching as much, but learning, learning to enjoy Him through my baby girl. I’ve gained it all! The time will come to get out again, but as for now, I’ve learned that my wealth, my treasure, my most cherished times are with my Jesus, just Him and me (and Mia) but not just for this season. FOREVER.

 

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