It’s Not A Secret Any More!

“Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.” (1 Timothy 6:17, NIV)

Money is an extremely volatile issue. It is one of the major sources of tension for most of us. It breaks up marriages and friendships.

The reality is that incomes are highly unpredictable in today’s economy, and a rapid rise or drop in living standards is closer to the rule than the exception. In fact, according to researcher Greg J Duncan, University of California – Irvine, in any ten-year period, one-third of Americans will see their standard of living drop by fifty percent or more. Such a statistic only heightens the importance of Paul’s warning to us not to put our hope in the uncertainty of wealth, but on God, who so richly supplies us with everything we need to be content and happy.

The apostle Paul knew exactly what he was talking about. Like many of us, he had apparently lived through times of excess and through times of need. “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” (Philippians 4:12, NIV)

What was Paul’s “secret of being content in any and every situation”? It was his relationship with Christ Jesus! Earlier he had written, “But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ”. (Philippians 3:7-8, NIV)

God may bless you with so much wealth you don’t know what to do with it all. Or, He may decide to take away everything you own. It really doesn’t make any difference. The only thing that is of any importance is that you have Christ and He has you. That used to be the secret to living a successful, satisfied life! Now that I have shared it with you, it’s not a secret any more! 

Enjoy your Wednesday, “Working for Christ”!

“Working for Christ”

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