Worldly PossessionsDaily Thoughts
Our lives should quietly display the favor & greatness of God.
Me and my wife Claire bought a new car the other day. We had been wanting one for a while and now seemed a good time to go for one. It’s an MG ZS 180, saloon style car, 5 doors, big boot, tons of space etc. But the best thing about it; it’s got a 2.5l V6 engine. If you don’t know what that means ask a bloke! It’s certainly a risk in terms of petrol and insurance but one we wanted to take anyway. The funny thing is, Claire was more courageous than me!
A lot of the time we can live with very small expectations on life, only thinking we can believe for great ‘Christian’ things, but not secular stuff. We can believe and pray for the growth of the church, our opportunities to witness, to know God more, but dare we ask for practical worldly stuff, like a car, a house or a holiday?
If we did, some might call it the ‘Prosperity Gospel’ and we may feel judged for wanting to be blessed by God. We may presume that only our godly character and kindness reveals God’s goodness to others…but that is false. Your entire life should display the favor and goodness of God to others.
If you read 1 Kings 10, you find that it is not King Solomon’s kindness or character that astounds Queen Sheba, but how God had blessed him with wealth and riches because he put God first. There are things in my life that are a practical testament to God’s goodness, and I know they display the goodness of God to my non-believing friends.
Me and Claire value some of the ‘worldly’ things in our life because they are a testament to God’s favor and blessing on us. Our one prayer before we purchase anything is “Lord…let it not only serve us but those in our life also…let it display your goodness”. We live life with an open hand. God gives & he takes. We sacrifice, we serve & we give. God blesses, and we pray his goodness would be displayed in our favor.