We all have personal needs and responsibilities. By talking about needs it means that we have to have a job, or ways to find money and income. We have to find a shelter in the form of housing to stay, and need to have adequate education to our siblings and considerations for our retired parents as well. This is probably a normal duty to each one of us, we just have to do it to sustain our lives. The worldly thinking is that not only we need to sustain our lives, we desire to earn and make more money, to satisfy our ego and our fleshly desire. We need to find ways to gain more power and status, that is the norm. And this is wrong, and not a choice we can make. Please read Matthew 6:24
“You cannot serve both God and money”
Again, we have to take a stand: Either God or money. In this way, our main duty to God is to make a living to provide our own necessary needs and then, using our gifts, which are from God, to better use them to fulfill our responsibilities to our society, our church and anyone that we can be of help. Many people may think that, well, I have done my part, I have a decent job, and have enough provisions for my immediate families, go to church regularly, and donate to some charities, what more should I do? Please understand the concept of “gifts”: If you have them, you are required to use them to do good. Again, this is not a choice. I will talk about the parable of the bags of gold in Matthew 25:14-30 tomorrow to further illustrate this point. For the time being, just note the needs that everyone has to earn enough money and the responsibilities that one has to perform.
I was talking to one of my aunties today regarding my “Give all decision” made three days ago, and we had a long talk on this one. Please refer to my previous blog post on this decision: The Journey: Give All Decision 10.5.2018, If I give up all of my belongings, including all my wealth away, how am I supposed to fulfill my daily needs, and further about responsibilities for anyone? You can, by believing this: Matthew 6:33
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well
You don’t need to worry or be afraid, even if you are temporary jobless or bankrupt, just have faith that when you seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, what you will eat, drink and wear will be given to you. So cheer up, and to those who worry or have doubts of their uncertain future, please don’t worry, God will give you provisions, you just have to have faith and to do what the Bible teaches. And how the Bible teaches us about daily provisions? By praying to God daily. Please see Matthew 6:11-13 on how we should pray, and note that we should ask Him to give us our daily bread:
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
I had made a decision of quitting a job with a bright prospect and to give up all my current wealth away, to show God how I love him that much. This is a pure decision, and a 10 seconds one which will make my whole life blessed and happy. Most people will say, well, I am forgoing all my wealth that I had accumulated all my life, will I be happy? My answer is there is a big difference between loving worldly wealth and loving God. Once you are in a loving relationship with God, nothing, and I mean nothing will it matter to you anymore. I am saying this based on my personal experience and I think there are many in this world will claim that the “Love of God” is more important than your wealth. I am asking you to give it a try, try to establish a loving relationship with God, and you will feel the total difference. The important step is to step up on the path that God has planned for you.
Having said this, after I made this decision, I have never a doubt that I can still survive in the future, as long as I seek His kingdom and righteousness and pray regularly, I have complete faith that all will be given to me. I am not worried, because I believe. Once I believe, I will start reading the Bible, follow Jesus’s teaching and humbly walk with God. Having made the sacrifice, I firmly believe I will have a bright prospect and a good future in my road ahead. My needs will be catered, from God, and my gift, which is to write this blog, will be further polished and improved, in the coming days, to faithfully work with God on earth, for spreading the Good news, as my main responsibility. Are you impressed? Read my previous blog post on The Journey: Give All Decision 10.5.2018 and think for yourself. Don’t first think of the returns and costs, and think “purely”, is your choice based on the love of God? Is your relationship with Him bigger than any other considerations?