I cannot continue to deny the truth, though I’m pretty sure I will be doing just that for some more time.
Money is not what we need, and Jesus proved that. He also was very clear about the fact that we must accept people who think that money is important. That doesn’t mean we should participate, however, even though it’s the popular thing to do.
Our society is brainwashed into thinking we have to earn money. But it doesn’t measure real value or any person’s worth. The numbers come out of thin air.
The solution is to not worry about money, as Jesus directed. Though you may end up homeless, hungry, or disliked, it’s no matter- God’s word says so. But how many of us follow this? Everyone I know either has a home, or asks for handouts, yet Jesus had no home of his own and he never asked for donations, only accepted what was offered him. He fully trusted God and said we should do the same.
Again, how many of us follow this? NO ONE THAT I KNOW.
Would it work? I feel the reason Christians do not try is because they don’t actually have faith that they will be happy with the results. They deny one of God’s most important lessons. I use that blanket statement about self-proclaimed Christians because I don’t know of a single person, Christian or otherwise, that actually lives by these principles. But since Christians strive to follow Jesus, I’m calling you out, in order to grab your attention.
We don’t trust God. We look to money management as a means for determining what we can get. Moreover, we want our fortunes as we see them to be- acquiring money and material possessions- rather than God’s pure blessings. We discount the incredible value of pure blessings, it’s never enough. We are willing to sacrifice important things every day in order to attend to jobs that will replace us if we leave. God will never replace your soul, you are irreplaceable in his eyes. That’s the message of pure love.
Working for the sake of earning a paycheck is NOT love. The employer is saying, I will only help you pay rent and eat food if you spend most of your time doing as I say. And the employee is saying, I will only spend most of my time with you if you give me something to use when you’re not around.
We are hardly aware of this truth. We are blind to our own misunderstandings. But if you really look at what Jesus says, and genuinely pore over each statement, you won’t be able to miss the fact that money is worthless to God, and you won’t be able to lie about the fact that your ways are not Jesus’s ways.
When will we embrace the gospel and stop using money? It could mean losing your spouse. It could mean losing your house, car, and easy access to food. It would mean possibly going hungry while looking for a place to sleep. It means obvious discomfort, at least at first, or at least eventually, depending when you are blessed with the things you need to survive.
The deeper I dig, the closer I get to the edge. I just can’t keep living this lie, now that I am seeing it even more fully than ever. I’m building the confidence and knowledge I need in order to carry this out. It’s a good thing I don’t have children, because this would be much harder to consider if I did. Another blessing that I must not take for granted: God setting me up for this mission.
The only thing I fear is my death amounting to nothing. If I just died from starvation or something else that’s terrible and my community were sad, but others never hear about it or it becomes just a passing story, it’s like it would be in vain, and that is something I have no control over, or should even care about! Once again, we are vain and we don’t trust God to cover us. We don’t trust love. But maybe I’m finding ways to make a big change and really let love shine through.
Our familiar survival tactics are hard to give up. God says they’re really not. We’re fooled into thinking it’s hard. No one steps up to God’s word when it comes to money. Will we? Will I? God, I pray that I will continue to receive wisdom that guides me in the correct direction. Thank you for filling me with your word and promise. I wish I could say I am sorry that I’m not already giving it all up. If I were, I would change it right this second. I can at least be honest with you. God, just watch, please give me a little time, I’m not leaving.