Sunday, January 24, 2010

Health and Wealth

Poor, poor Haiti. Oh that God would show mercy.

Or has He?

I don't know the answers. What I know is that I personally have come to define God's blessing by health and wealth. How do you give the hope of Christ to someone who has no wealth and is losing his health? It seems impossible, unless God's blessing goes beyond health and wealth. It must.

If I lost my wealth, if I lost my health, would Jesus really be enough for me? I'm not "rich" by American standards, but man, I truly have all I need and much of what I want. I fear these things I've counted as blessings are more plausibly distractions. They have been my tangible experience of God. How foolish.

How is this undone? How do I reverse this thinking? How do I make Christ my all? What if He asks me to give it all away. All of it. Could I do it? Oh God, what have I become?

1 comment:

Kass said...

These lyrics from Derek Webb's "Rich Young Ruler" always challenge me:

so what must we do
here in the West we want to follow you
we speak the language and we keep all the rules
even a few we made up

come on and follow me
but sell your house, sell your suv
sell your stocks, sell your security
and give it to the poor

"what is this, hey what’s the deal?
i don’t sleep around and i don’t steal"

"But I want the things you just can’t give me"