Our Cost for Living devotional
By Robert Schaetzle 801 words
When we take on a new job assignment there comes with it a job requirement in order to be qualified for the responsibility for our new position. A life of faith in Jesus Christ is no different.
Dwelling back in time on what it must have been like for my grandfather around the turn of the 1900’s as an engineer for the ‘Milwaukee Road’ railroad company. Long before one could board a plane and fly across the United States in a matter of hours. Time appeared to be slower then, and we lived not in a ‘want faster’ mentality in society.
Another grandfather was a blacksmith in the late 1800’s in Dubuque, Iowa. My dad would reveal to me how it was a special time as a young boy growing up that he, his brother, and my grandparents would think it quite an adventure when grandpa would hook up the horse to their surrey for a ride up to Eagle Point Park on a Sunday afternoon. I know of the place well, because in my own childhood visiting my grandmother we would often have picnics there at that same park.
Even though we have so much more of material goods today than what our parents or grandparents had a 100 years ago, their lives were not less significant in true worth. I feel in many ways their lives were much more abundant because the worthiness of their lives was toward meeting needs as they reached out to help one another. This was much more pronounced and wholesome than what appears today.
God’s economy not material monarchies
Recall what Jesus replied to the devil when he took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdom’s of the world and their splendor. Mathew 4:9-10, “All this I will give you”, he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, “Away from Me Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.” [NIV]
God’s economy is not of political monarchies or prominence from material wealth of the world we reside in. Our cost is to discover how little we need to be conformed to this world, so that we can begin to establish our hearts to want Him more, and learn what it is to build a lasting relationship with the Creator of the world.
One of those most important prerequisites to investing in God’s economy is our need of intimacy with Him, “But only one thing is needed, Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” [Luke 10:42]
The setting here is when two sisters, Mary and Martha opened their home to Jesus when His disciples came to visit. Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made, when she asked, “Lord don’t you care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” [Luke 10:41]
The Lord replied, “You are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:42 [NIV]
Intimacy with the presence of our Savior will always define itself as investment without material cost with a lasting annuity. When I’m feeling the pressure from the business of the moment, or the burden of the hour, one can mindfully call out to Him within your heart, no matter what the circumstances or location, the power of His presence can and will dissolve the anxieties to bring calm.
God’s economy is faith in His power
Faith is still our hope for all the tomorrows before us as we find our rest in His presence. When we begin to change our lives in wanting to please and serve the One who created us, we’re truly on the pathway to living a transformed life that no dollar amount can equal.
The writer of Hebrews says it well in Hebrews 11:6, ‘And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever draws near to God must believe that He exits, and that He rewards those who seek Him.’ [RSV]
Purpose and want His authority to rule more, recognizing our ‘Cost for Living’ is what Jesus paid at the cross for us. Living within His economy brings lasting purpose and fulfillment realizing all the exercise we put forth in ‘good works’ must be for His honor, and with resting more in those things above where Christ is at the right hand of the Father. His COLA [Cost of living adjustment] will bring a lasting investment that will never decrease but only increase the more time we spend with the Creator of Economics.
You make so many delightful points in this piece. I've had a couple of rough days and hope felt like a four letter word but your words have lightened my burden as I was reminded to hand it over to Jesus. Thank you for that.