The electric bill
The gas bill
Fuel for the car
Cell phone bill
Five dollars for a school activity
A new dress for your daughter
Tires for the car
Is anything louder than our finances? It doesn’t matter how much or little we have there is always something else that needs our financial attention. If we are not careful our finances have the ability to command our constant attention.
1 Peter 2:11
Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers
Brothers this world is not our home. If we can only get that reality deep down inside of our spirits we have a chance to get our focus on the things that really matter. God has promised to care for our needs.
25 “For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? 27And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? 28And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, 29 yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! 31 Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ 32 For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
A few years ago I attended a great church, and one of the songs we sang had a fantastic chorus: “For our inheritance give us the lost.”
Evangelism is our real purpose here on this earth. We need to keep our focus on the things that matter. I realize that we have the responsibility to go to work and provide as well as possible for our families. We just cannot lose sight of what is of the most importance.
18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
During Jesus’ ministry He had to do the impossible; out of obedience Jesus held back the full power of his godhood so he could accomplish his mission here on earth.
Right before He ascended to heaven He made it clear that as of his resurrection he once again could use all of his authority granted to him through the trinity. Jesus was telling us that the gloves are now completely off. He was telling us that he would be our partner in accomplishing everything he was asking us to do.
We are not alone on this journey, and God has promised to be by our side through everything. He has promised to help provide for us. He has promised to give us the strength to accomplish everything He has asked us to accomplish.
Now it is up to all of us to ignore the things of this world which only serve to get us off our mission. Our mission is to reach the lost, and God promises to stand with us as we move forward in faith to accomplish what He has asked us to do.