…and neither should we be! I am fond of the illustration above of Christ at the door. Reminds me a little of how Paul met Christ for some reason.
Read part of Paul’s farewell, before going to Rome:
Acts 20:33-35 ESV – I coveted no one’s silver or gold or apparel. You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my necessities and to those who were with me. In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”
How this contrasts in comparison to the “prosperity preachers!” Christ knew some of us would be poor, so he gave instruction to care for them. Now Paul clarifies, in that being poor is not a virtue, but working hard to give to others is virtuous. Paul ministered to his followers in the Word and in practice, laboring as a tent maker for his own support and to help others.
We have a rich example in Paul concerning how to live. We will be richer in heaven if we follow his example. Paul’s way is work hard to be able to give to others. Prosperity preachers want you to work hard and give to their cause (ostensibly helping others), but follow the money where does most of it end up? Feeding the hungry? Hardly! Housing the homeless? Hardly! Building larger silos and barns? BINGO!
If we only get one chance on this earth, let’s make it count for Jesus. The words of Paul: Follow me, as I follow Christ!
My prayer for all of you today is that you may put aside all selfish aspirations and seek God’s will for every thing he has entrusted to you. Amen.