The following is another attempt to use the goggle of Faith to weigh various inspired thoughts on another blessed day.
1. What is one good clue or vital sign that a believer is falling in love with the gospel of Christ? If that gospel now means to him, what money (and what money can do) used to mean to him; or if it now unlocks his passion, like money (and what money can do) used to do; or if his soul now finds solace and inspiration from the gospel, like his soul once did from monetary matters. Otherwise, the love of money is, most likely, still lying intact in his soul (1Tim. 6:10-11).
2. What you truly believe in can be traced to what consumes your daily meditation or what you habitually invest your time, money and resources in. So a good clue to it, if there has been a true change in what a man previously believed in; even from a vain pursuit to an eternal one, can be traced to if there has been a change in what and how he previously used his time, money and resources.
3. The world has said, “time is money”, but the gospel is still saying “time is life”! It is a gift to enable us fetch the life in Christ/God (Jn. 9:4). The world has gone ahead of generations of men to create a money-based value system that would ensure than men don’t use their time the same way that Jesus or other overcomers did. But a generation is arising, whose value system would be faith-based; whose consciousness and devotion would revolve around God’s power (i.e. the gospel of Christ’s faith), like it previously did around money (Matt. 6:21, 24).
4. One motive behind the design of the monetary system after the fall of man was to create a system that would inspire hope in this world; hope that ends with this present life, thereby elevating living by sight above living by faith and cutting off God from man’s eco-system (1Cor. 15:19). It was to create a competition to faith; an alternative currency for living so man would have limited transaction with God’s life. Faith was, therefore, introduced to help men access the realm of life and anchor the hope of becoming a new man that can govern in righteousness; now and in the world to come (2Pet. 3:12-13).
5. For a natural man or a carnal believer, nothing creates hope for living or expectations around this present life, like money does. So, when heaven wants to give Christ to such a soul or communicate the true hope for his soul, they most often would have to deflate his initial hope and birth a new one while regulating his income or what and how things comes his way. Economic or financial principles that used to work for him or others would begin to fail, so his unknown love for this world can be exposed and treated.
6. When we have a frequent or favourable inflow/outflow of money, it is good to recall that there is something called the love of money that is yet to be overcome by us; especially when we have never run away from it, followed after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience and meekness. There is an evil lurking around most financial dealing that should be overcome, lest we are overcome by it (1Tim. 6:10-11).
7. The restless life/system that sees generations of men wake up with the thought of how to make more money or with the weight of cares/needs rather than wake up thinking God, was created by the god of this world to make men always seek, love and worship money (Matt. 6:24). You wouldn’t find that system or order before the fall of man or in the world to come; and we can only manage it with God’s righteousness. A believer who goes to heaven without overcoming that order/design of life, has not only been overcome by it, but would remain a stranger to the Kingdom (Rom. 14:17-18, 1 Cor. 15:50).
May the Faith in Christ Jesus become our soul’s currency for living, and may money mean to us what it meant to our Lord Jesus, Amen.
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