“Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, ‘I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,’ so that we confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What will man do to me?’ Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”
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Being “content with what you have” is, in essence, being content with God. If all we have in this whole, wide world is a healthy relationship with the Great I Am, then we have everything that we could ever possibly need. I really love what the Lord said to Aaron in Numbers 18:20: “You shall have no inheritance in their land nor own any portion among them; I am your portion and your inheritance among the sons of Israel.” When we have the Lord, we have all the blessings, peace and riches of heaven with us at all times.
God has promised if we seek Him first that He will provide everything that we truly need in life (Matthew 6:33; Hebrews 11:6). If we are filled with greed and “the love of money,” we place the focus of our future welfare upon our own abilities. When we are “content with what” we have, we place our trust in God and His ability and willingness to provide for us. With the Lord as our “Helper,” we will never be in want (Psalm 23:1), and we should never “be afraid” (verse 7).
We should always remember the faithful spiritual leaders “who spoke the word of God” to us (verse 7), and have now gone on to their eternal reward. We should honor their memory, but more importantly, we should “imitate their faith.” If we follow the godly examples of the men and women of faith who have gone on to join that “great cloud of witnesses” who are now cheering us on to the finish line (12:1), we will prove to be good examples to follow for those who come after us.
I am including verse 8 in today and tomorrow’s reading because it is a bridge between verse 7 and verse 9. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Our former spiritual leaders and teachers were rock-solidly consistent in their faith because they knew that Jesus and His word never changes. We can depend on our perfect Lord and His perfect revelation to always be reliable and true, therefore we must try our best to be reliable and true as well. We must not be “carried away by varied and strange teachings” (verse 9), but rather be steadfast and true to the Truth.
Please read Hebrews 13:8-14 for tomorrow.
Have a great day!
- Louie Taylor