Monday AM Launch, the Deal

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23

One day when I was about 16 years old I had a conversation with a fairly wealthy man, the father of a high school acquaintance. This was a good family, and we had a lot of fun together snow skiing in Aspen and water skiing on lakes. As I recall the conversation, Ray told me that having an enjoyable life involved making good money, and being able to have a lot of fun. 34 years ago I still recall this conversation, because over time I have struggled with what he said, what I thought, and how I think now. I wasn’t a believer in Christ then, but I knew at the time something didn’t ring true about this, and I didn’t agree with him.

What is a good world view of money?  What kind of fruitful life can I plan on having? Many of us hold one or several view points, while perhaps some have no view-point because we haven’t given it much thought. Many of the perspectives are formulaic involving some kind of ‘if then’ equation.’ If I choose the right education and career, work hard, manuever my way through the corporate maze, and work hard then I will do well financially. Some think if I manage my personal finances well, and am good at investing. There are those that think that their wealth is mainly a result of political forces, unions, corporations and economics. Lastly some have negative view-point, they tell me that none of these things really matter, and they will probably always be either poor or at best constantly struggle.

The second part of some people’s equation sometimes connects wealth and having a fun and happy life. Some Christians connect faith and abundance; believing that wealth accumulation is a consequence of faithful livings, or at least, applying Biblical wisdom.

What does Jesus say about all of this? Does he indicate that the “abundant life” he promised (John 10:10) translates into our finances. What fruit was Jesus promising, when he said;  “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:5)? Jesus promises us many things: “love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” Jesus promises us eternal life (John 3:16), the Holy Spirit (John 14:26), he will provide our needs (Matthew 6:33). The deal is, is that Jesus just asks that we follow and are obedient to him. That is a pretty good deal; an abundant fruitful life in things that matter, a life that is eternal accompanied by his Holy Spirit. Regardless if we have an abundance of money, or go through difficult financial times, we can have the most valuable things that money can’t buy.

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