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Livin’ the dream

July 13, 2017

What’s your idea of “the dream?”

Work hard. Save money. Retire comfortably.

Good health. Good food. Good friends.

Big car. Big boat. Big house.

Camping. Sailing. Hiking.

Kids. Grandchildren. Great grandchildren.

There’s certainly nothing wrong with any of those. They are just things, and things are neutral. It’s our attitude toward them that concerns God.

In thanking the Philippian church for their financial gift, Paul gives us a clue at living the dream:

11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me (Philippians 4:11-13).

Now think back through the life of Paul. Beaten, stoned, whipped. Imprisoned, shipwrecked. Hungry, tired. No home of his own. Ridiculed, mocked, harassed.

And yet he writes, “I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.”

He wrote to Timothy, “But godliness with contentment is great gain” (1 Timothy 6:6).

The Bible doesn’t condemn wealth or possessions. But it is often used as a mirror of the heart. The rich young ruler. Job. Abraham. Zacchaeus. James writes to the wealthy in the church. The law of Moses. Proverbs – these people and passages teach about the biblical perspective of wealth.

What does your attitude toward possessions, toward “the dream,” reveal about your relationship to God?

More concerned for accumulating more stuff that getting more of God?

More concerned with setting up your retirement than treasures in heaven?

Are you content, or always looking for an extra buck?

 

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