(Yep, I forgot to post on Sunday again)
Acts 19:21-41; Judges 11:34-12:15; Job 40
Someone jokingly said that Disneyland is a people trap built by a mouse. People flock to Disneyland/world every year because of the entertainment. If someone were to find a way to discredit the company and make people not want to go, there would be a problem. As Paul taught in Ephesus, he disrupted a major part of the economy. The implications of following Jesus exclusively made the silversmiths jittery because a large part of their trade depended on representations of Artemis, a Greek goddess. Ephesus had a particularly impressive Temple there and people traveled from all over to visit it. One of them incited a riot with these words: “There is danger not only that our trade will lose its good name, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis will be discredited, and the goddess herself, who is worshiped throughout the province of Asia and the world, will be robbed of her divine majesty.” (Acts 19:27) In short, what he said was that it wasn’t just about the money, it was about the reputation of Artemis. In truth, it was all about the money. There are times when Christian influences on society can make changes in the financial system. Even more important is the fact that following Christ will make changes in the way we view money. When we are truly committed to Christ, money no longer is a goal in life, it is a tool that we use in serving God. With it we help the poor and the outcast; without it we continue to trust God to meet our needs. The American phrase is that it’s all about the Benjamins; those who follow Christ know it’s all about Jesus.
Lord God, remind me to be content in all circumstances. You have blessed me financially; remind me that you have blessed me to bless others. When we struggled financially, You blessed us through those around us. As You give me the privilege of helping others always help me to remember that You are the source of all good things.