God’s Currency

Each of this week’s readings is a reminder to each of us to focus on the the things that matter – Godly things. In Ecclesiastes (1:2, 2:21-23), Colossians (3:1-5, 9-11) and Luke’s Gospel (12:13-21), we’re reminded that everything to which we put our trust – other than God – is temporary and cannot provide us with the security we seek.

In Ecclesiastes, we’re shown what life is like if we don’t believe in life after death – eternal life with God.  Without the hope of everlasting life with God, we will frequently ask ourselves questions like, “Is this all there is?”, “Why am I working so hard to accumulate earthly possessions just to leave an inheritance to my unappreciative family?”, or “What’s the point in living a loving, ethical life when it seems that very few others are trying to do the same?”   When we separate ourselves from God, life does feel meaningless and pointless. When united with God, we feel connected, whole and our lives have purpose and direction.

In Paul’s letter to the Colossians he reminds us that because we were raised with Christ, we are to “Put to death the parts of us that are earthly: immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire and the greed that is idolatry.” We’re reminded to “seek what is above.”  When living our lives in imitation of our creator, we’re reminded that “Christ is all and in all.”  Jesus came to earth to tell us of God’s love for us and to show us how to live. Jesus is the living example of how we’re to treat each other.

You and I are called to live lives of love, compassion, kindness, forgiveness and service just like Jesus did. We can do this in our current jobs with our current families.  We’re asked to change on the inside first – what’s in our hearts and minds.

With the knowledge that our life came from God and that our main objective is to return to God upon our death, each second of our life has significance. We can ask ourselves during every moment of our day, “Am I living in a Christlike manner at this instant?”

in Luke’s Gospel, Jesus tells us that we do not have security if we place our trust in anything other than God.  Money, cars, homes, 401Ks, jewelry and other possessions may give us the illusion of security, but we can’t take them with us.  When we have all of the worldly good imaginable, but do not have God in our life we’ll always feel insecure.  The only true security that we can possess cannot be purchased with money. By changing our focus from attachment to worldly possessions to attachment to God, we begin living lives in alignment with God.

“Thus will it be for all who store up treasure for themselves but are not rich in what matters to God.”

When our lives on earth are over, what good will it do us to be rich in earthly possessions that we must leave behind if we are not rich in God’s currency?  It won’t.

We live in the hope and expectation of everlasting life with God.

We live each day loving God and each other.

Security comes from faith in God.  True riches are the result of God’s grace in our life.

Being rich in what matters to God is the only currency which will allow us to accomplish the ultimate long-term goal. This is the currency which always increases in value!

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