Hebrews 13:5 (NLT)
5 Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said,
“I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.”
1 John 3:24 (NLT)
24 Those who obey God’s commandments remain in fellowship with him, and he with them. And we know he lives in us because the Spirit he gave us lives in us.
What a commandment. Be satisfied with what you have. Don’t love money. Those that obey remain in fellowship with God. What about those that don’t? Really leads to a question – why try to serve two masters?
Again, God knows we’re going to do this and warns us what’ll happen:
Matthew 6:24 (MSG)
“You can’t worship two gods at once. Loving one god, you’ll end up hating the other. Adoration of one feeds contempt for the other. You can’t worship God and Money both.
Yet, we try. For me, I’m at the stage in life where I’m bummed I’m saddled with the things money buys. I really long for a simpler life. One where I can spend more time worshiping Christ and being available to do the work he has for me, less time paying bills. I have screwed up to many things to have enough money to do that, though I’ve made enough to do it over my life. Worshiping the wrong things has left me in a place where I have to chase money to pay the bills and think of retiring some day. Had I only known then what I know now….
“We live our life moving forward, yet understand ourselves looking back.”
(I think this is from a Danish philosopher from the 16th century, but I can’t find the source.)
1 Peter 1:15-16 (NLT)
15 But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. 16 For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.”
So, everyday is a new day. Christ will never fail us, never abandon us. That’s comforting and knowing that makes the discomfort of my current contradiction livable. It’ll be OK. I’ll remain in him and know that he lives in me in the Spirit he gave us. A gift to be pursued, to be welcomed, to be honored. To be honored.
What do we honor with our life, with our purpose, with what we spend our time on?