The dwindling economic condition of the world is biting harder.considerable big economies at not having it easy paying their workers wages. Many workers are being laid off due to inability to keep up with the wages of their employees. Christians are not exempted from this financial crisis bedevilling the world.we need money to meet our responsibilities as parent. Even if we are single,we need money to meet our daily necessities and plan for our future family.
The bible says as wisdom is a defence so is money a defence. Yes,money is indeed a defence. If you are hungry, without money you open to attacks frustration,dejection and hopeless. You might even be lured to steal or commit fraud in order to have food on the table.how about shelter,you need money to rent an apartment. If not,you will be left in the harsh conditions of the times.so,money is truly a defence.
But what if you work and you can't make ends meet?
Many are fallen prey to the craze of doing whatever they can to make money by all means. They do extra hours of work or if possible take two or more jobs.unfortunately,the ends do not meet.they think making more money is the way to satisfaction and success.
Look around you and see the rich of the world.they have what money can buy. They lack nothing as long as money could pay the bills,yet they are far from being successful.
This is because they do not know that a man's life consist not in the abundance of things he has.the wisest king,solomom acquired all money could buy,but he said after seeing the reality that they are vanity of vanities. We need not be carried away by the opulence of the men of this world. It looks tempting seeing that despite the crumbling economy,they live large.
If you see through them,you will discover many miseries and sorrows in their life.this is exactly the saying of Solomon in ecclesiastes 2 vs. 24,that enjoyment of wealth is not in the hands of man but it is given by god. You can have all the money but without god enabling you,pain and sorrow is the end for such person.
A lot of us as make god of money such that we are quick to challenge our employers if receive no pay rise. Labour union rally round and they stage protest to demand for increment and in the midst of this are christians,who think their lives depends on much money.
Giving-the way out.
There is amount of money you make that brings contentment. Success is not a measure of how much money you have. True success comes from living the giving life.
Paul when talking to the elders of ephesus,told them one great principle of life. It more blessed to give than to receive.acts 20:35. We love to acquire things.we love to accumulate things for ourselves but people who are Christians know and live by giving
The giving life stems from love. It was because god so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son-Jesus. It is only when your life has been transformed by god through repentance,then can you learn how to love.if you have Christ love,you will be willing to give.
It is high time we give our time,talent and abilities to the good of others. Give your best at your job.as you serve your boss,you are indirectly serving god.even if your boss never recognises your service,keep doing it. Your reward will surely come.
It after service that you see money work for you and not you working for money.