Bible Ballistics: BBs #207 Do YOU Have Enough???
Do YOU have enough? You might ask “Enough what?” and that would be a good question. What is it that you have enough of or maybe not quite enough of? We live in a “gimme” culture—give me food; give me money; give me indulgent privileges that I haven’t earned (Nor do I know what to do with them). But mostly I want us to think about what we’re doing with what we have, especially those of us who are believers in Jesus Christ. The Apostle Peter gives us a wake-up call:
“Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,” 2 Peter 3:11
We are reminded that all that is around us is “temporal”, (meaning “relating to earthly things in contrast to spiritual or eternal things”), and knowing that “all these things shall be dissolved” should affect our living as the children of God. Why will we grub, and fight and push to get more forgetting that we will leave it all behind when we die, or when Jesus comes for us; and Peter reminds us that ultimately it will all burn up. Jesus himself warned us about having a correct mindset toward earthly things –and that should be a heavenly mindset, with eternal goals!
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Matthew 6:19-21
Where is your heart? Your treasure? Is Jesus saying, “Don’t work, or provide, or save?” Of course not, scripture teaches us that we were created for productive work, but our work isn’t to be approached with a heart of greed, nor a seeking for power, but rather a heart set on God. A heart set on God, which seeks to do that which pleases HIM, as we live and operate in this broken world around us. And when our focus is on “heavenly” treasure, it won’t be consumed with greed, or an inordinate hunger for power or prominence, but rather an earnest desire to use the resources that we have received, to minister God’s grace and goodness to others.
“Neither give place to the devil.
28 Let him that stole
steal no more:
but rather let him labour,
working with his hands
the thing which is good,
that he may have to give
to him that needeth.
29 Let no corrupt communication
proceed out of your mouth,
but that which is good
to the use of edifying,
that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” Ephesians 4:27-29
We are called to forsake selfishness and evil and work to provide for our own and others, knowing that we receive to provide sustenance for our families, and ourselves and also to share with those in need. Sometimes we are the ones in need, and God sends those willing to share to meet our needs, but by the same token, when circumstances turn around, we are to share our resources with others in need. Scripture also says that laziness is not to be encouraged or tolerated in the community of faith.
“But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.” 1 Timothy 5:8
So what is our responsibility? What are we to do? When do we have enough? Are we good stewards of our resources?
“For we brought nothing into this world,
and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
8 And having food and raiment
let us be therewith content.
9 But they that will be rich fall
into temptation and a snare,
and into many foolish and hurtful lusts,
which drown men in destruction and perdition.” 1 Timothy 6:7-9
In a ‘nutshell’:
we started with nothing—
we’ll carry nothing out!!!
So be diligent to work—
with honor, “as unto the Lord”—
with dependence on God—
with a heavenly mindset!!!
While wealth isn’t a sin, it must be seen as a gift from God and used as an honorable stewardship. Wealth isn’t to be our single-minded goal in life, for as Paul told Timothy
“For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.” 1 Timothy 6:10-11
And remember it’s the LOVE of money, not the money itself, so “Do YOU have enough?” Ask God and He’ll tell YOU!!!