God don’t make me rich

Posted by Matt Lane on July 1st, 2008 filed in Blurbs

I was listening to a podcast by Francis Chan yesterday and the text really hit me.  It wasn’t that I hadn’t heard it explained this way before but it hit me differently.  In Matthew we read the model prayer. The part that Francis was talking about was “give us this day our daily bread”.  The twist is that the request is not for five days worth or a month’s worth.   Just enough for tomorrow.  Francis went on and said as a matter of fact, DON’T give me too much.  Don’t make me comfortable. ONLY give me just enough.  Enough so that I have to stay close to Jesus and continually rely on God.  Because if you give me more than just enough, I won’t need to ask any more and I will rely on what I have instead of my relationship with God.

Man that kicks me really hard.  How about you?

For me, I know that I live a comfortable life.  I don’t worry about much as far as basic needs.  And so it is easy to move away from the heart of God and lose the impact of what Jesus did for me on the cross.  I have a good job, I have a nice house, my three younger kids and my two older kids bring me incredible joy.  My wife loves me and we have made a happy home together…with our stuff.  To many around the world we would be considered rich.  But I’m scared that the stuff is a barrier and a hindrance to my relationship with God.  I’m not trying saying that owning things is sinful but do I worship my stuff or do I worship Jesus?  How much of the stuff could be taken away before I start to worry and really hate the fact that my stuff is gone?

So here is my prayer:  God don’t make me rich.  Don’t let me desire to be rich.  Don’t let me die rich.  Jesus help me to serve you with the abundance that you have given me, make me understand that you own everything and that I must serve you with every penny, not just the check I put in the offering.

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