Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Gold or God?

“…a beautiful cedar palace does not make a great king!” Jeremiah 22:15

Jehoiakim may have inherited his father Josiah’s wealth, but he did not and could not inherit his faith. A magnificent castle doesn’t guarantee moral character. Greatness cannot be achieved by the accumulation of great things. As the title of Chip Ingram’s book suggests we go from “Good to Great in God’s Eyes" through obedience and a personal relationship with the Lord.

The world tries to achieve greatness through position, power, possessions, people, promotion and pride. These are empty investments.

1 Timothy 6:18 instructs us to “be rich”, not get rich. Everyone wants a piece of the rock. We need to invest in the Rock. We can’t buy faith, but we can invest in our faith.

God’s Word reminds me in Luke 12:15, “for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions.” We may have earthly wealth, but our security for future wealth comes from taking “hold of that which is life indeed.” (1 Tim.6:19)

Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life…” (John 14:6) Therein lies life indeed.

Our castles here present a false security, but building on Christ as our foundation will ensure a mansion for eternity.

Is your life being built on gold or God?

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Lori said...

The desire for worldly goods that are enjoyed for a blink of an eye or to seek to know God and live in eternity with Him? Lord, I seek to know You more today. May your precious Word be more alive and active in me as my relationship grows deeper with You today. Amen.
Lori - AZ

Danielle said...

Oh Girl! I am so glad to be home and reading your posts again. Had no internet while there. I loved She Speaks! Loved it! Am alreay yearning for next year.lol

~Grace and Peace said...

I used to be like that. My security came from how much was in our brokerage account. Then circumstances forced me to re-evaluate things when my Mom got sick, my 2nd son was born and I had to stop working. I couldn't rely on our "gold" anymore esp during the 2000 stock market dive. The "gold" disappeared. Fortunately for me, God did not. Our Jehovah Jireh provided for us during the lean years. He still does.

Thanks for the reminder.

Sarah Dawn said...

Praise God for this reminder today. Josiah is my son's favorite King ( I think it's because he's about to turn 8). Lord, may we store up treasures in your castle that will bless you for all eternity.

Hugs from Costa Rica,
Sarah Dawn