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I don’t want to be rich

08/23/2010

Yes, you read that right. I have no desire to be wealthy. I hope it never finds me.  As a student pastor, I can almost guarantee that it never will!

Our “Simple” series at MCC and in stuCo is striking a chord with people, and it’s definitely affecting me and my family. I ran across this scripture last week as I was preparing for Sunday’s message about finances and stewardship. It’s a prayer from Proverbs 30 that I need in my life, and I think many others do too…

7 O God, I beg two favors from you;
let me have them before I die.
8 First, help me never to tell a lie.
Second, give me neither poverty nor riches!
Give me just enough to satisfy my needs.

WOW! Now, you may be asking, why would you even think something like this? What’s wrong with wealth?  The scripture continues with an explanation.

9 For if I grow rich, I may deny you and say, “Who is the Lord?”
And if I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult God’s holy name.

Neither of those options sound like what I want to describe my life.  Although it doesn’t condemn wealth or poverty, it is clear that they complicate things a bit.

Can you imagine if people were serious about this kind of request? How would the world change if we kept this kind of attitude?  The needs that could be met if we really pursued this kind of stewardship would be life changing. IT WOULD BE WORLD CHANGING!

But it’s easy to look at this as something that would help if “people” would live like this. But, what if you prayed this?  Are you really prepared to make this kind of commitment? AM I? There are parts of our lives that would change dramatically if we really stopped pursuing wealth and possessions. What if God started to take away the sources of income until we were only making “enough to satisfy our needs”? What if you needs started to dictate our income, instead of our wants?

There’s a great quote that our pastor showed me this week that is a perfect statement to this idea. It’s from Donald Miller, a favorite author of mine for his book “To Own A Dragon“. This quote, from “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years” is another great example of why I don’t want to be rich.

“If you watched a movie about a guy who wanted a Volvo and worked for years to get it, you wouldn’t cry at the end when he drove off the lot, testing the windshield wipers. You wouldn’t tell your friends you saw a beautiful movie or go home and put a record on to think about the story you’d seen. The truth is, you wouldn’t remember that movie a week later, except you’d feel robbed and want your money back. Nobody cries at the end of a movie about a guy who wants a Volvo. But we spend years actually living those stories, and expect our lives to feel meaningful. The truth is, if what we choose to do with our lives won’t make a story meaningful, it won’t make a life meaningful either.

It’s a very scary place to be when we start surrendering our budget to what God wants to do. But, the truth that He wants to teach us is not that being wealthy is a sin. But that forgetting that we are only stewards of what He has given to us, is simply pride, that root of sin. He wants to teach us that clinging to the stuff that He has entrusted to us is wrong, and it doesn’t cultivate a heart that is devoted to Him.

I have put this scripture up in front of me so I read it everyday and make it my prayer.I don’t want to “need” the stuff that I have. I want to use every tool that I have to show people around me that God is actively pursuing them.  What if we all committed to this together? Consider making this your prayer as well, and let’s see what God does to mold us into His people.

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One Comment
  1. Marty n Elana Stanley permalink

    Hey there cuz Im just letting you know we are PRAYING 4 you all and thinking of you too!!Let us know if there is anything we can do otherwise…we love you all Marty

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