"We have money to use it in such a way that we show that money is not our god, but God is our God. That's why we have money. Money is given to us to use it in a way to show the world that money is not our treasure, but Christ is our treasure."
I was so convicted and challenged by this short video, that it brought tears to my eyes. I like my comfort, though we have never had swarms of money. I realize I do not live in a "wartime" mentality. I have struggled lately with our house not selling in KY, and wondered why. I felt like God opened up my heart today to realize it is more important what I do with God's name through this season than whether our house sells or not. He led me to 2 Corinthians 6, where Paul gives testimony to his apostolic ministry. He says, "...by great endurances..hardships..hunger...as poor, yet making many rich, as having nothing, yet possessing everything." They way we respond to suffering and trials can cause the glory of the gospel to shine forth, or defame God's name. And, then it all came to be a little more clear in my mind.
God is giving us this season of life, which is a hardship for us (though I must add that He has been FAITHFUL to provide everything we have needed in his kindness), to make His name great. We get an opportunity to trust Him, to look to Him, to point to His goodness in providing our needs, to let patience have it's perfect work in our lives, to make His name great! I want to live in comfort, I admit. I want to live as a civilian, because being a soldier is hard. Yet, that is not what God has called us to. He is showing me this, and this is a work in progress. I get it, but I don't get it. I understand, but am I living it? Will you help me? Will you spur me on when I forget and get lured by the pretty things of this world? I don't know if I can do this alone. Can I spur you on or does this hurt too much? It hurts me just thinking about it. It hurts because I haven't always lived this way. It hurts because I know it will hurt. But, I want more than this life has to offer. I want to keep an eternal perspective. This world is not my home.
The following was copied from Desiring God. You can click on the link in the question below to find the original post and the audio for it.