Are you in a financial COMA? You are in a financial COMA if Messiah Jesus is not your answer to these questions:
- Who Controls your life?
- Who Owns the money and possessions you use?
- For whom do you Manage them?
- To whom are you Accountable?
Let us look at the first item, Control. One Oxford dictionary definition is control is “the power of directing.” Do you have the “power of directing” your life? Do you believe you control daily events, your income level, and next week’s agenda? Think again if you think you do. Our problem is we do not know what is ahead, but we act as though we do. We think the future will resemble today so we borrow and plan to repay the debt. But, as a former colleague would say, the future is not what it used to be! Things turn out differently; we cannot repay our debts, so we become dejected, and borrow even more. Apostle James puts it this way in James 4:13-15:
Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.” Yet, you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.”
An essential foundation for handling God’s money is to realize God is in control. We may not give Him control of our lives, but still, He controls the universe. He is working around each person. He never stops working.
As a young lad, while David tended his dad’s sheep, God was working and wanted him as Israel’s king. This was not David’s plan. He merely listened and responded to God’s call. Similarly, God may be working in your life today, but hurry sickness is distracting you, so you cannot hear His voice. You are rushing about trying to direct and control events that you cannot control. Pause; listen, so you may hear Jesus’ voice; then respond to Him. He created you. He loves you, and He invites you into a personal relationship. We read in 1 Timothy 2:3-6:
“… God our Savior… desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all.”
Next time, I will look at the other parts of the COMA. May His peace abound in you!
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