Prayer: Help me Almighty God, through your Word to be content with what you give me, in Christ Jesus. Amen.
8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Today’s text reminds us to not love money and to be content with what you have. But we live in a culture that encourages us to want and lust after things that we don’t need. Everything seems to have a price and we are encouraged to desire things and to sell things for money. Our DW suggests that we may not be in love with money, but we sure love what it buys. I don’t know what he means, though when he says that we fight terror with our credit cards.
Being content doesn’t drive our economy. Contentment takes away our ambition and stalls the economy. But how about the claim that our lack of contentment is “consuming the earth’s resources faster than they can be replenished.” So is our love of money killing our planet? And ourselves in the process?
Ah but what is contentment? Maybe it is not found in what spoils or rots. It may be found in what we already have…Jesus and His promises to be with us always. And that He is the same as always and never changes or leaves us. He is what we need. He is all we need! The rest that we acquire are simply gifts to help us share with those around us.
Prayer: “For Jesus’ sake, O God, drive out my discontent and fill me with the abundance of your grace. Amen.”
Hebrews 13:1-16 New International Version (NIV)
13 Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. 2 Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. 3 Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.
4 Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. 5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,
“Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you.”
6 So we say with confidence,
“The Lord is my helper;
I will not be afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?”
7 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
9 Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by eating ceremonial foods, which is of no benefit to those who do so. 10 We have an altar from which those who minister at the tabernacle have no right to eat.
11 The high priest carries the blood of animals into the Most Holy Place as a sin offering, but the bodies are burned outside the camp. 12 And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through his own blood. 13 Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore. 14 For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.
15 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. 16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.