Worth Reading–January 20, 2012

by Steve

Here are some wise words–words we need to hear often–from Gloria Furman at the Domestic Kingdom blog.

How God Frees Us To Love Him More Than Money
By Gloria Furman

“Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you’” (Hebrews 13:5).

Here the writer of Hebrews connects contentment with God’s presence. This is incredible.

When I catch my heart getting whisked away in a love affair with money then I usually try to cut the tryst off by telling myself to be happy with the things I already have. “Just look around and see all the stuff you already have. Now cut it out and stop loving money.”

“But that dog won’t hunt” (as one of my pastors liked to say). There’s a fundamental problem with fighting a love of money with trying to be happy with the stuff your money bought you. Money and stuff are temporary and fleeting. You can’t buy contentment.

Read that verse from Hebrews again– “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’” The writer says you can cut off a love affair with money by being content with what you have. Is he saying you can buy contentment? Or is he saying you already have enough stuff to make you content?

Neither– he’s talking about a joy that is more enduring than just appreciating the stuff we have.

He’s directing our gratitude beyond the gifts that God gives us to the gift of God himself. “He has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’”

To those who are in Christ, God gives the precious promise of his presence through his indwelling Holy Spirit. In other words, if God has you then you have him and he will never leave you nor forsake you.

Knowing that God is ours in Christ makes “being content with what we have” take on a whole new meaning. And knowing that God is with us in our fight against the love of money in order to satisfy us eternally with himself makes all the difference.

He wants your heart to be free from the love of money whether you are wealthy or poor. So he comforts and empowers us with his very presence.

Consider how God’s satisfying presence could impact the way your heart regards money today…

if you get a bill you don’t know how you’re going to pay, if you have to deliberate over a significant purchase, if you lose your job, if your electricity shorts and you lose all the food in your fridge, if you’re at the store and you keep coming back to that item you desire, if someone asks you for financial help, if the landlord increases the rent beyond your budget…

Whether you have lots of stuff or no stuff– if you have Christ you have everything you need for contentment.

God gives us the gift of his presence by faith through grace because of Jesus’ work on the cross.

So remind your heart– Don’t be anxious about your life.

He’s yours– you’re his. And he is faithful. God can give you all the grace you need to be content to serve and love him above money.