Saturday, September 29, 2012

Your Money or Your Life?


 13With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth.
 14I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches.
 15I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.
 16I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word. 
(Psalm 119:13-16, King James Version)

Your Money or Your Life?

Years ago there was a famous comedian named Jack Benny, who was known on stage for his love of beautiful women and his love of money. A gunman would walk up and say, "Your money, or your life?" Rather than hand over his money, he would stand there and think about it, first.

Our Psalmist equated the way of God's testimonies with having great riches: I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches. Given those two choices, God's testimonies or great riches, what would we choose? Would we have to stop and think about it before making our choice?

The answer to that one question alone, gives validity or lack of validity to our profession of faith. How do we compare the things of God to the things of this world? In Matthew 19, a young man came to Jesus asking what good thing he needed to do to inherit eternal life. After a short discussion, Jesus said, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. We are told that the man went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

Was Christ saying that if we sold all we had, and gave it to the poor we would gain eternal life? Was Christ saying that it is sinful to be rich? The answer to both questions is, "No." Salvation comes through faith in Christ, alone. What Christ meant was that those who love their money more than they love Him will not inherit eternal life.

Each one of us, at some point in our life needs to answer the question: Your money or your life? In other words, do you love your money more or your life in Christ? Will you spend your years on this earth with the goal of amassing as much money as you can, or will you spend your life amassing treasures in heaven?

According to the Psalmist, what is the believer called to do?
I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways. I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.
The Christian life is an active, busy, life. It takes purposeful time meditating and studying God's Word, delighting in and memorizing His Word. Rather than leaving our "leftovers" for God, we need to approach our walk with the Lord as the most important thing in our lives--even more important than family, friends, and careers.

Jesus said, in His sermon on the mount: But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:33, KJV)

What will it be, your money or your life with Christ?

God Bless You,
Linda




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