Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” — Hebrews 13:5
Brethren we are called to the service of the Lord and to walk within the precepts of His word. This morning in honour of that calling we step out in faith from our secret place veiled under the anointing of His Holy Spirit. We know now that He rewards those that diligently seeks Him.
Contentment lies not in what is mine but in whose I am. When I come into a relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ, I understand whose I am and what I have. Envy causes one to look horizontally–at what others have–so we are never satisfied. We burden ourselves with debts to be like others and are left with the bills to pay. We live cheap while harvesting the small means from others in the name of service to Gog. That is not what God call us to do. We pursue the god of money, thinking of what it can buy us. Contentment invites us to look vertically–at God. When we look in His direction, we know that He is enough.
Contentment is the secret of inward peace. It recalls the bare truth that we brought nothing into the world and we can take nothing out of it, including our money. Life, in fact, is a journey from one moment of vulnerability to another. So we should travel light and live simply. The reality for most people is that we have enough–whatever enough is. We would be well advised to be content with what we have.
Being content with less stuff and not envying those with a lot is a process that will take more than a quick prayer or reading a book or hearing a sermon. It will require a dependence and satisfaction in God. He knows what is best and what is needed in our lives. We must trust him and not money. Hallelujah
Too often we take our eyes off God and put them on earthly pursuits, with money most often at the top of our lists. Money has an incredible power, much like a magnet and more like a god than most of us are willing to admit, to draw us away from those things that are eternal and life-filling.
Always be on your guard with money. As the writer of Hebrews stated, “Don’t love money.” The heart can only love one thing at a time. When we choose to love God, we will discover the marvelous benefit of contentment. And, more importantly, we will learn that money can never satisfy the heart. Keep your focus, therefore, on God. He is enough. May Almighty God grant you this morning the peace and grace that passeth all understanding.
Your servant and brother,
+ Sir Godfrey Gregg
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