Money: Count the Cost
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The crowds replied, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.” Then Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those selling doves. And He declared to them, “It is written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer.’ But you are making it ‘a den of robbers’ ” (Matthew 21:12, Berean Study Bible).
You are the house (see I Corinthians 6:19). Your life may turn. (Expel the thieves.) God has made you a unique being—your own fingerprint and footprint, your own assignment and path. We are to owe no one anything but to love them, so fear of man is often fear of money. In truth, God is Provider. He made the gold. If He created you, He is responsible to sustain you. Do not fear. Manna still rains out of the sky for those humble enough to ask and look up. Take care not to bend a knee to anyone but your Lord. Paul addresses the issue of people-pleasing in Galatians 1:10, “If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” You are immensely valuable, and well-built for excellent things—you are set apart in order to be full of prayer and peace. Go your own road. It is refreshing to enter into the rest and full acceptance of God. “Trust” means He alone is taking care of you, worldwide—an eternal, sealed promise. He always has; He always will.
Let your gentleness be apparent to all. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6).
God is already impressed with everything He has made. He sat down to rest so He could get a really good look at you. What is the state of your heart? Is it pure gold, and refined? He can see it.
There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, and nothing hidden that will not be made known (Luke 12:2).
Just a gentle reminder to us all that one day the story of our hearts will be played on the big screen for all God’s created entities to see (see Matthew 12:36; Romans 14:11-12; 2 Corinthians 5:10). For now, we are to cast our cares pertaining to this world, lay down greed and step off the incessant treadmill of “getting” what God already gave in abundance to those who would live to please Him. We are to guard ourselves, and others, from misuse—as we are the holy vessels of God. Our only concern is to truly care what God thinks in every matter under the sun.
Look up and ask. He is ever-present for consultation.
Once you meet on any given point, you will be made free.
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, so that in due time He may exalt you. Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you (1 Peter 5:6-7).
God bless you.
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