For Love or Money

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Money and the ability to make it does not determine one’s worth or the worthiness of their work. We all know this, right?

And our ability to produce it is about more than wealth. It is the tangible proof that what we do is valued by people. And the more they pay, the more valuable our work is. The more valuable we are. At least this is what our culture tells us.

But I’m not buying it. This relationship between value and money is flawed. Some days I beat myself up as if I do believe it though. I treat myself as if the value of my work is summed up in my bottom line.

It is my perceived failures that force the issue. My frequent less thans, not quites, and nice tries, that leave me grasping to believe that what I do is having an impact. But, perhaps the measure I am using sets me up for such back-breaking thoughts. Perhaps it sets me up to give up.

God in flesh thought I was worth his very own life… before I was ever born. How can this be? How could my worth have been established before I ever took a breath? He said I was made valuable beyond all creation…. before I ever did a thing. He said in this world I will find trouble. But he overcame the world. And he has given us a better way…..

This leads me to believe that in His Kingdom, our currency is one of love. We exchange it and it is better than fine riches and gold. It is one of the three that remain after all, and it is the greatest. And our pockets are overflowing with it because we are children of the King and all He has is ours and we are never in want of it because its supply is endless. And we have already been adopted. We work as children, not slaves. Our currency is love.

1 John 3:16-20
16-17 This is how we’ve come to understand and experience love: Christ sacrificed his life for us. This is why we ought to live sacrificially for our fellow believers, and not just be out for ourselves. If you see some brother or sister in need and have the means to do something about it but turn a cold shoulder and do nothing, what happens to God’s love? It disappears. And you made it disappear.
18-20 My dear children, let’s not just talk about love; let’s practice real love. This is the only way we’ll know we’re living truly, living in God’s reality. It’s also the way to shut down debilitating self-criticism, even when there is something to it. For God is greater than our worried hearts and knows more about us than we do ourselves.

The love we have received from God and the love He continually pours out every moment make each of us who know Him rich beyond counting. We have already been paid more than anything we could do would be worth. So let’s get to working. We were counted worth the cost, we were paid for in advance. Now we can do our work without worrying about the payment making it worthwhile. We already have it all. He already approved us and gave us hands and hearts to do whatever is in front of us. And he promises to meet our needs. So let’s work for love.
God already decided that who you are and what you do is worth a high price, so there is freedom! Do whatever multiplies the love in Your pockets and relish the joy of giving it away. Because in Jesus, we have a never ending supply.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. mom
    Jan 31, 2014 @ 22:49:54

    It’s not about performance-that’s a hard one to rest in:)

    Reply

  2. D'NAI
    Apr 29, 2014 @ 02:39:40

    Great insight into His Word! Love you

    Reply

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