Looking for love and money.

The PRIME DIRECTIVE of the life of the follower of Jesus is expressed in Hebrews 13:1 as “Keep on loving each other as brothers”. Most all other teachings about the living of life in the New Testament are really the outgrowth and practical application of what it means to love. And we are to “keep on loving”. Constantly and perseveringly. Don’t stop. Don’t slow down. Don’t give up. No matter what the response or lack of response; or the rejection; or our weariness or sometimes despair. We can and must keep turning to Jesus and find and receive His love and strength. Then we have love to give to others. I do not have it on my own without Him. It is not in me. But it is Jesus, by the Holy Spirit, working in me and through me to serve and minister and reach out to meet the needs of others.

If I truly love I will honor marriage (verse 4) and all that means. And I will keep my life free from the love of money and things (verse 5) because I cannot love and serve both God and money. My heart’s concern and focus will be loving God and others. Not loving money or wealth or things.

Then follows a real secret of life: “… and BE CONTENT WITH WHAT YOU HAVE…” (caps mine) Finding in the Lord satisfaction and happiness with what I have. To be thankful to the Lord for what He has provided. What a victory in life! To be free from the constant desire and hunger within me for more; more of this or that or something else. Getting and accumulating never satisfies for long. It only increases my cravings for more because the reality of my internal dissatisfaction becomes stronger, not being satisfied or fulfilled by what cannot satisfy and was never intended to fulfill. My inner need for satisfaction and fulfillment; my inner hunger for something that is not there; that “missing something”, is only met in a personal living relationship with God my Heavenly Father through my Lord and Savior, Jesus, the Christ.

And here in verse 5 it says we can be content because God will never leave you or forsake you. And so we can say with confidence that He is my helper and I will not be afraid. No fear. Because my Heavenly Father and His provision are sufficient.

-Pilgrim 41144
from Quiet Time Journal 2-27-2010 Hebrews 13:1-6

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