Make sure the God you serve can save you when you’re in trouble. Today’s message from God Calling -A.J. Russell, reminds us that we cannot serve God and riches (according to the world’s definition), because we will love one and hate the other. One or the other will become tiresome.
Every time I read this message, I am led to stories from the Bible like Abraham going up to the mountain to sacrifice his son. There’s also the rich man and Lazarus. Then there’s the parable about the rich man who stored up his wealth, only to die and never be able to enjoy it. Jesus tells us to set our hearts on things above.
As I think about that, I recall the covenant between God and Abraham. When God called Abraham (Genesis 12:1-3), He said, “Leave your country, your kindred, and your father’s household. I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and curse those who curse you; and all the families of the earth will be blessed through you.” That speaks to me of being mindful about my motives and intentions in regard to wealth, riches, power, promotion, etc. Am I doing what I’m doing to receive accolades according to worldly standards? Am I doing what I’m doing because God has gifted me with a talent or skill, and I am earning my living with it. And am I honoring God with what I achieve and receive?
It’s very easy to become quite comfortable with “luxury”, and affluence with people of certain “classes” or “castes.” It’s also very easy to become enslaved to keeping up with the Joneses, or putting on airs. When we do this, we’re neither honoring God, nor ourselves. We are worth so very much to God, that we don’t need to compete with anyone down here. That’s called envy and covetousness, by the way-and where there is envy, there is strife and all manner of evil. We are to be a blessing to others. We do that by honoring God and His will and intentions for us with our talents, skills, wealth, achievements, and increases. We also do that by sharing what we have within -experience and such-with others, in order to build them up as well.
There is no room for envy or covetousness in the family of God. God is no respecter of persons-He loves and blesses each and every one of us the same-just not in the same ways always. Envy comes in when we find ourselves serving the world’s standards of wealth or affluence and influence. Covetousness comes in when we forget to look back at God’s intentions and will for mankind. “All the families of the earth will be blessed through you,” He said. We are to bless and not to lord things over one another. Jesus said the greatest among us must be the servant of all. That’s a powerful revelation about the differences in God’s valuations and the world’s.
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Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, September 10, 2018, 10:56 a.m.