Saturday, April 23rd, 2011
Be content with your wages.
Luke 3:14 (NKJV)
Today we discuss salaries: a sensitive subject. Most people want to earn more money. Society tells us the accumulation of money is essential to buy the good life. God tells us differently.
'Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and... let your soul delight itself in abundance' (Isaiah 55:2).
Jesus calls godless wealth the 'deceitfulness of riches' (Mark 4:19).
How many entertainers make career choices based on income? They are made to feel foolish in refusing 'king money'--selfish even, by those who depend on them. What's a performer to do? Trust God for yourself and for others.
The apostle Paul says, 'I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content' (Philippians 4:11).
When he asked God to change a tough circumstance, Paul received a tough answer, 'And He has said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness' ' (2 Corinthians 12:9).
God uses the challenging circumstances in our lives, even financial need, to prepare us for victory and abundance; 'And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus' (Philippians 4:19).
He never leaves us destitute; 'And He said to them, 'When I sent you without money bag, knapsack, and sandals, did you lack anything?' So they said, 'Nothing' ' (Luke 22:35).
Riches without God are a trap--like falling for the wrong person and ending up in a relationship pit. Only when we learn to be content with our wages, salaries, positions, and circumstances will God deem us worthy for wealth.