Free And Living

Free And Living

21 October 2008

The Economy...This is How God Speaks to Me

I lost a wonderful client of mine today. They are a beautiful organization, and I'm sad that I won't get to work with them anymore. The economy is truly affecting everyone and everything, everywhere. Steve and I have been doing well overall. God continues to bless my business more than ever.

We've been wanting to buy a house really bad, but in this part of the country, it is NOT cheap. I find myself wanting a house and getting a little greedy for it, wanting to spend all my savings on it. Not that we have that much saved! Anyway, there's a tension we face in relation to money. We want more of it because we want this or that, but today God speaks to me at a poignant time.

He says, "Mish, godliness plus contentment is great gain." (1 Timothy 6.6, my emphasis added)

He continues to say, "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. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. But you, woman of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which God will bring about in his own time—God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen. 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. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life."

And I say, "Abba, help me to desire the life that is truly life and give generously because of my hope in Christ. Amen."