Being in politics is almost like being in high school. In high school, the boys always knew who would and wouldn’t. Who was easy and who wasn’t. The same is true in politics.
Dealmakers and those needing something from us know who will and who won’t... sell out.
How? Like needy girls in high school who would give in to the first boy who paid them any attention, a needy public servant will give in to a dealmaker who detects the same. They instinctively know if you’re for sale.
That’s why the writer of Hebrews emphasizes to us to make sure our character is free from the love of money.
We, first servants of God, then servants of people, must rely on God to meet our financial needs and not illegitimate means.
God is our source and He promises to provide for our every need. Legitimate resources far outnumber illegitimate ones, but the latter are more alluring. As the mistress is to the wife. The allure of the forbidden. It's worked since Adam and Eve and like Adam and Eve they will get you booted out.
Read any headline in any city.
From clerks to city managers, to council people to county commissioners, the overriding thing that sank their ship was that their character wasn’t free from the love of money. And they were bought and paid for. But what a price they paid. I’m talking about Christians like you and me.
If you are preoccupied with what others have and you don’t. The cars others drive and you don’t. The houses in neighborhoods that some colleagues can afford and you can’t. The jealousy that rises up when you scan Facebook and see the vacations and restaurants others can afford but you can’t. The things others have that you long to have but there’s never enough money.
When the longing for more never goes away, be careful because Satan is setting you up for the sale!
And when opportunity meets greed, there you go. So, what's the answer? Contentment.
Contentment is the key that opens the door for God to legitimately and bountifully give us more.
Ask God to give you a spirit of contentment. Otherwise, you may as well hang a “For Sale” sign on your office door.
Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU,” so that we confidently say, “THE LORD IS MY HELPER, I WILL NOT BE AFRAID. WHAT WILL MAN DO TO ME?” – Hebrews 13:5-6
Published on Saturday, March 2, 2019 @ 3:48 AM CDT