Being content

I found this verse written in my own hand on a note card in my Bible when I opened it to read the book of James early this morning…

Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with what you have because He has said, “I will never leave you; I will always be by your side.” Because of this promise, we may boldly say,

The Lord is my help—
    I won’t be afraid of anything.
How can anyone harm me? (from Hebrews 13:5-6 The Voice)

I suppose the question at hand is not only do I agree with God’s command to be free from the love of money (seen all throughout Scripture) but will I act on that living faith (that James talks about) by being content.

And if I don’t live/act with contentment, then do I really agree with God that I should keep my life free from the love of money?

God blesses us to be a blessing to others. As I understand the goal of finances and stewardship in the Scriptures, we are to be content, trusting God in all things, and living on as little as is necessary in order to give as much as is needed. There is some wiggle room here by design in my language – “as is necessary”. Actually more wrestle room than wiggle I suppose. (: Because God is after our hearts, that’s where we need to be wrestling. When Jesus said “where your treasure is, there you heart will be also” He meant what He said. Therefore, it is up to us to examine our lives and see where our hearts truly lie.

Until next time… Following the King with you!

Pastor Henry – DRBOBF – Corem Deo, Kyrie Eleison

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