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Get Rich Quick…

Maybe it’s just me… but sometimes I still find myself being a little surprised/shocked at how many folks want to “make it big” and “get rich quick.”

Money

Every day, we encounter some kind of “great plan” giving us the chance to make some alleged fast cash. Now,  I’m sure some of those business schemes ideas are legit, but really, most just make me roll my eyes.

This blog post is not a slam against monetary success. We’ve talked about it before– Jesus never said money in itself was the root of evil. The LOVE of money is. Ultimately, our reaction to it determines the result.

It can bless. Or it can destroy. We get to choose.

Fortunately/unfortunately, a large majority of us will never be featured on the news for winning the MegaMillions. There’s been a couple of times this year where the lottery jackpot reached some ridiculous levels. Perhaps you remember (or bought a ticket?) All I know is that Facebook was blowing up with offers to “Like this ticket and we will split the pot with you” and my friends’ statuses jokingly (?) dreamed about what they would do with 550 million bucks.

As I drove home a couple of weeks ago, right before one of the big lotto drawings, I saw one of the billboards on the interstate updating the world on the current lottery dollar amounts. I let my mind wander for a moment– what would happen if I had that kind of cash?

Within seconds, my stomach flopped. I had no desire for the drama or challenge that come with dealing with that amount of cash. I’ve read too many stories of families crashing and burning after “making bank.”

Don’t get me wrong– there are some folks that do a great job of keeping a focus on Jesus while working their bucks for the good of the kingdom. But personally– I don’t know if I want that responsibility. Yikes.

Here’s the point… We don’t have to win the lotto to get rich quick.

We can find all the riches we need in Christ Jesus.

Seriously. The end. Bye-bye.

Just kidding.

But seriously. Christ IS all we need. With Jesus, it doesn’t matter if we have 20 cents in our pocket or 20 million in the bank. HE is all we need.

It’s Christmas and lately I’ve heard many folks stressing out about how they are going to make ends meet this month to make sure their kids/friends/families have the newest, neatest gadgets and toys.

That stresses ME out just thinking about it. SIGH. There’s nothing wrong with desiring to give to others– in fact, the Bible encourages it. But there’s a thin line between generosity with a heart of love and reckless consumerism just because we have a piece of magic plastic in our pocket with “Visa” written on it.

So I know it sounds cheesy, but this year, let’s ALL make an effort to keep our eyes on Jesus. He is the reason for the season. He’s already paid our debt. We don’t have to wait until payday to access Him. Unlike coupons, His value never expires.

With Him… We can get “rich”… every time.

High Rollin’ with the Most Holy,
SGK

“And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” ~Philippians 4:19 (NIV)

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Enough (Anxiety-Free Monday, Wk #7)

“Is that enough?”

UG! Talk about a loaded question!! It doesn’t matter if we are talking about a delectable piece of dessert, our end-of-month cash flow amount, the groceries in our shopping cart or our worth/value as a person.

More often than not, even if our mouths answer yes, our heads answer no.

It’s a hard (and yucky) truth, but as consumers, Americans and HUMANS we are a greedy, selfish bunch of folks.

Sigh. Why can’t we be satisfied?

Notice I said WE. Yeah, WE, as in ME, have this problem too– We always want more, bigger, better. But WHY??

Too often, we  are trying to find life and contentment in STUFF. Overspending is the norm in our culture. The more you have, the happier you will be, right?

Uh, yeah. Negative.

In this week’s chapter of “Calm My Anxious Heart,” Linda Dillow makes a lot of profound (and difficult) points on this topic of never being satisfied or trying to find our worth or value in things of this world, specifically money.

She says that “Happiness is getting what we want; contentment is wanting what we get.”

Touche, sister!

Also, did you know that Scripture contains more references to money than to salvation? And 16 of Jesus’ 39 parables deal with the issue of wealth!

Apparently this has been an issue for a hot minute or so. And it is something we STILL battle.

I know, I know, this whole “not living for the world but finding our contentment in Christ” is great in theory, but seriously, how can we make it happen?

Here are some practical tips that we (as in, my husband and I) have started the slow process of embrace the FACT (yes, FACT) that Jesus is enough for us. (Don’t get me wrong– we still have a looonnngggg way to go. God sure knows it!)

1. Last Christmas, instead of purchasing gifts for our family, we made a donation to a cause or fund that would speak to their heart in the name of Jesus.

2. This summer, we ate only 7 foods for 30 days. (Longest 30 days of our life… but honey, you better believe it changed our hearts!)

3. In addition to our tithe, we have answered the call of doing Factor of 7, a random act of kindness/generosity movement as a part of this ministry.

Finding your ENOUGH is probably going to look  a little different. Is it hard? Uh, yeah– kind of a lot. Is it worth it? Absolutely!

Here’s some “heart” Scriptures that we can chew on today as we seek our ENOUGH in Christ:

“What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?” ~Mark 8:36

“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.'” ~Hebrews 13:5 

“The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.” ~1 John 2:17

Do you struggle with your “enough?” What parts are most challenging for you? What would living a life of ENOUGH in Christ look like? I would love your feedback (um, and encouragement– because I struggle with this too!! Iron sharpens iron, my friends…) Comment below.

Before we can deal with the money-in-our-pocket (or lack thereof) issue or the abundance of stuff in our house, we must first embrace this as a heart issue. God has already promised us abundant life in Christ Jesus. And that life is more valuable than any car or house or amount that we can charge on our Visa card.

As we continue to seek contentment in Christ, perhaps someday we will confidently be able to respond to that loaded question of “Is that enough?” with “Yep. I’ve got Jesus. That’s all I need… And He’s ENOUGH!”

Content in Christ,
SGK

“And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” ~Philippians 4:19

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If you are “officially” doing the online Bible study with us, here is the homework for the upcoming week:

Day 1: Question 1, Memorize and meditate on Ephesians 5:  15 – 17, Question 2

Day 2: Questions 3, 4

Day 3: Question 5

Day 4: Question 6, 7

 ***Extra***

Word Study:  Ephesians 5: 15 – 17

Live

“Making the most of every opportunity” or “redeeming the time”

understand

will

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