Words of Life

A Person Overcomes Possessions

Hebrews 13:

  • At the close of this letter the author of Hebrews lists a bunch of zingers, too many to respond to today. One that I found interesting was the exhortation in vs. 5 to “Keep your life free from love of money”. This is not unique, but what caught my attention was the motive given. The reason I should not love money is found in the LORD’s command from Deuteronomy 31:6, “I will never leave you or abandon you”. Jesus’ similar promise in Matthew 28:20, “I am with you always, to the end of the age.” must have been in the mind of th author as well.
  • There are at least 2 ways I can see this working. One, if I trust God’s consistent presence, His undying love, and His supreme power, then any provision that He sees as for my good, will not be withheld from me.
  • Secondly, I see another heart motive here. If Jesus is always with me, and He is my greatest love, then my love for money would be drown out, overcome by my love, satisfaction, and contentment in Jesus.

Holy Spirit, help my eyes to regularly look to Jesus. The more I see You, the less I stress about my perceived lack. Forgive me for my fickle battle with these competing desires. I long to have one ruling passion.

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