As opportunity presents itself, whose agenda am I pursuing? When I invest myself and my time, who’s kingdom benefits?
Aesop — a Grecian wise man lived 620-564 BC, wrote:
“A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety.”
Aesop may have borrowed from Solomon, who lived earlier (970 to 931 BC) and gave this proverb:
“Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife.” Prov. 17:1
Paul in his letter to Timothy gave a spiritual view of the same principal:
“But godliness with contentment is great gain.” 1 Tim 6:6
A radio Pastor we enjoy was on the same topic this morning talking from James:
“Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.” Ja 4:13-17
I asked “As opportunity presents itself, whose agenda am I pursuing?”
I’m asking these things of myself recently, because I may be faced with a fork in the path of life (to pursue a new job, in a new place.) But also owing to watching leaders and groups of believers in my circle diverting to meet amongst themselves… not that this is all bad. But how often and how much is needed? I’m asking myself these things because I tend to fall into temptation so easily — seeking through pride — affluence (like in the approval and accolades of others.) This is evidence of a wealthy life — and the very kinds of “mammon” I need to forsake. It’s so easy to slip off of the Lords path, almost unconsciously — seeking approval and satisfaction in this world.
Something in me asks: “Why do I need to go away to meet my brothers, when so much work is left undone in the field of the Lord?”
“For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” Ja 4:7-9
The metaphor of wealth expressing itself in life in aspects other than finances — is important to internalize. The vestments of the Pharisees covered great hypocrisy. Are my vestments the “titles” I wear in ministry — however I might be involved?