It All Begins With Attitude!
It all begins with attitude. We can either be content with what we have, or we can want more, an attitude described as covetousness. The choice we make depends on the extent to which we look to God for our well-being. God has given us the means to provide for our needs, and He gives us the right to benefit from our work. Consequently, we have a basis for being content, for being satisfied, for resting in the conviction that God intends to meet our needs.
And yet what undermines this arrangement is when we look at what God has given us, and we look at what He has not given us, and we say, “I don’t have enough!” or “I need more”. We may then start longing for more money as the way to get “enough”, instead of looking to God as our provider. Only we can determine whether we are satisfied with God and with what He allows us to have.
If we are serving God out of an expectation that He will reward us materially, then we are serving money, not God. Money becomes an idol; we will never have enough. For this reason, Paul teaches, “Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” (1 Timothy 6:9-10, NIV) Neither this passage nor Hebrews 13:5, say that money is evil in itself; they say we should avoid the “love of money”.
God wants us to be content. Again, Paul writes to Timothy, “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.“ (1 Timothy 6:6-8, NIV)
Consider your situation this Tuesday. Are you totally content with your life? Thank God for all of the many blessings He has provided. Do you have “enough” or do you need a little more “Christ” in your life! It all begins with attitude!
Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ”!
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