Hello! How is everyone? How are you enjoying this warm weather? Are you able to go out and soak up all that Vitamin D from the sun? I love the fresh air and being in the sun (a little)…I just can’t lay out in it for too long when it’s very hot-it drives me crazy. 🙁 The nice thing about going outside in the sun is that it shouldn’t cost you anything. Yet somehow we wind up spending money. Why? Because we all want (or maybe love) money! What is the verse to the Beatles song “Money”…”the best things in life are free, but, you can keep them for the birds and bees. Now give me money (that’s what I want)”
The problem is we always want what we see! It doesn’t matter what it is or if we need it…we just want it! Of course there are some logical and self-controlled people out there who would rationalize and count the cost for an item; but, unfortunately… many do not. “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, saying, This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.” (Luke 14:28-30) I am guilty of that. How many times have I said to myself “I gotta have it-(then don’t use it). Or, justify myself by saying “If I get this now, then I don’t have to (fill in the blanks) later. Better yet…I can’t afford it all now, so I’ll buy it on “flex pay”! Does this sound familiar to anyone? Can anyone relate? The problem is we cannot pay for something outright, then we OWE that person/company, etc… What does that mean? It means that become a servant to the lender. “The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender.” (Proverbs 22:7)
It’s almost humorous how we willingly get ourselves indebted to another with our eyes wide open and not even try to avoid it. This is a little something that God says about this matter:”Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor. Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. (Romans 8:6-8) So you see, the only true allowable thing we can owe is love towards one another.
One of the keys for having this loving attitude is contentment. As human beings we have to realize that our lives do in fact have limitations. And we have to realize the void we may feel cannot be filled with “stuff” of any kind. To be sure we cannot take anything we accumulate with us. No one has ever seen a U-haul at the back of a hearse. “[And it is, indeed, a source of immense profit, for] godliness accompanied with contentment (that contentment which is a sense of [a]inward sufficiency) is great and abundant gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and obviously we cannot take anything out of the world; But if we have food and clothing, with these we shall be content (satisfied).But those who crave to be rich fall into temptation and a snare and into many foolish (useless, godless) and hurtful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction and miserable perishing. For the love of money is a root of all evils; it is through this craving that some have been led astray and have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves through with many acute [mental] pangs. But as for you, O man of God, flee from all these things; aim at and pursue righteousness (right standing with God and true goodness), godliness (which is the loving fear of God and being Christlike), faith, love, steadfastness (patience), and gentleness of heart.” (1Timothy 6:6-11)
We need to accept the grace of God in all of our circumstances because we were all bought with a price (Do you not know that your body is the temple (the very sanctuary) of the Holy Spirit Who lives within you, Whom you have received [as a Gift] from God? You are not your own, You were bought with a price [purchased with a preciousness and paid for, made His own]. So then, honor God and bring glory to Him in your body. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Amplified)
As you walk Every Day with Grace, I ask that you join me in our journey to “owe no man anything except to love one another.
In His Love,