Daily Spirit & Word: 706: How To Find Contentment
Why Doesn’t God Just Make Every Christian Rich?
What was the outcome of The Chancellor’s Budget? George Osborne has achieved so much, but only because so many of the poor in our land have suffered and paid for the rich to become even richer and the poor to become even more poor. It’s the weakest and poorest who have suffered most from yesterday’s budget. Because Osborne’s promising to CUT Benefits AGAIN. What would happen if George Osborne gave everyone a bag of gold today?
BAG OF GOLD
Good morning my friends, Can you imagine what life would be like if everyone had more than enough? If you woke up in the morning, walked to the front door of your house and there on the doorstep was a huge bag of gold. In that bag there was more than enough gold for the day, too much for your own needs. What could you do with all that extra gold?
Why Doesn’t God Do That?
It’s simple really, after a while we’d be worshipping the Gold rather than the Giver of the gold. Gold would become our god.
I remember taking my son into the City Centre of Plymouth. I didn’t tell him, but I was going to get him the Newest Game Machine: I went straight into his favourite shop and bought him the latest Game Machine. He said, “Who’s that for dad?” I said, “It’s for you son” He was over the moon, he said, “I’ll love you forever, I’ll do whatever you want, I’ll be the best from now on”… After a few weeks I called up to him, “Joe can you do the dishes today?” No answer, I went upstairs and he was playing on his game machine, I repeated my request, he said, “Get Steph to do them, I did them last week”… He didn’t even take his eyes off the game machine… I walked over and turned it off, then I had his full attention… He was so angry… I said, “Do you remember what you promised when I got you that game?” He’d forgotten that the game was a gift, a gift without any strings, but a gift that made him PROMISE to do for me whatever I asked. It didn’t take very long for the gift to take over from his affection from me to his machine. He loved that machine and the joy that it gave him more than he loved doing what I wanted him to do.
He had fallen so in love with the gift that the gift-giver didn’t get a second thought anymore.
My friends, that’s what this whole earth is like, most people live their lives as if there isn’t even a giver of life.
He’s given us such a wonderful world to live in,
He’s given us food and shelter and employment,
He’s given us friends and family and people to love,
However, we live out our lives as if the Giver of Life doesn’t even exist.
There’s a very good reason God doesn’t leave bags of gold on your doorstep every day.
“We LIVE as though the GIVER of LIFE doesn’t even exist”.
Proverbs 30:7-9 (NIV)
7 “Two things I ask of you, O LORD; do not refuse me before I die:
8 Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread.
9 Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the LORD?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonour the name of my God.
TWO THINGS: (Before He Died).
What TWO THINGS did the Wise Man ask for?
- That He would be honest.
- That He would have enough: Not too much & Not too little.
- LIFE WITH NOT ENOUGH: Because He knew that if he had too little to live on, then he become dishonest and may need to steal.
- LIFE WITH TOO MUCH: Most importantly, if he would have TOO MUCH, then he’d never recognise his need of God. He could be completely independent of God.
Give me neither:
- Poverty: Too little that I might need to become dishonest.
- Riches: Too much, that I might be tempted to think I don’t need God at all.
Sometimes we’re TEMPTED to want more than we need. Have you ever wished to win the lottery? Imagine untold Millions of £… £££££££££.
What would your life become if you had exceedingly great riches?
Sometimes we DREAM: Oh life would be so much better if I had ….. What do we DREAM life could become with Millions of £…£££££££££?
Listen as you READ God’s Word aloud now:
1 Timothy 6:3-10 (NIV)
3 If anyone teaches false doctrines and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, 4 he is conceited and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions 5 and constant friction between men of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.
6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.
7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.
8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.
9 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.
10 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.
GREAT FOR CHRISTIANS
What is GREAT for Followers of The Living Lord Jesus Christ today?
“Godliness with Contentment IS Great Gain”…
“The LOVE of Money is a root of all kinds of evil.”
If we are eager for money, if we love a bag of Gold on our doorstep every day, we’d wander from the faith, walk away from the Lord and be pierced with many different kinds of grief.
In other words, if God gave us too much, then we’d soon regret it.
However, the LORD promises, that when we’re ready to be TRUSTED, He will OPEN UP the Floodgates of Heaven.
How’s your giving going?
How’s your generosity towards the poor?
How’s your investing in God’s Kingdom going?
How’s your storing up treasures in Heaven?
With every EXTRA PENNY He entrusts us with, He expects us to INVEST IT in His Eternal Reward Scheme.
So many Christians are simply storing up the EXTRA for themselves.
Instead, Invest in Heaven my friends. Give it to the poor, then TRUST God to provide even more again. When you are trustworthy with the LITTLE He’s giving you, then He’ll give you even more.
THANKSGIVING & PRAISE
Be thankful for what the Lord has given you today.
Praise Him in Songs of Joy!
Say to Him, “Thank you so much Father”.
Say to Him, “Thank You Father for your provision of what I need”…
“If I have food and clothing, I will be content with that”
Will I really be content with so little?
Will I really be content with so much?
SATISFACTION: I don’t know about you, but I’ve seen how the rich people in this world never seem to find true contentment, because they are on a continual quest to have even more. There doesn’t seem to be a time in their life when enough is enough… The TRAP of riches is that it promises so much, but delivers so little. It will never bring true satisfaction in life, it’s empty, it’s like trying to drink out of an empty glass in the desert. When we desire riches we rob ourselves of our relationship with the Lord. He wants us to come to Him every single day. He longs for our friendship and to give us what we need.
God has promised to provide for our needs, not our greeds.
Proverbs 3:5-10 (NIV)
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil.
8 This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.
9 Honour the LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops;
10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.
Get rich Quick:
There are so many “Get Rich Quick” Schemes out there. They all PROMISE so much.
Christian DON’T BE FOOLED: The LOVE of Money is TRAP: Don’t fall into it.
Have an awesome day with Jesus.
Trust Him to provide for all your needs in life. One day at a time with Jesus. Invest in Eternity, then you will find Contentment.
SEE ALSO: “The Dangers of Wealth” What happens when we begin to desire to be rich?
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