Posts Tagged ‘wealth’

Knowing Who You Are In Christ

July 29, 2008

Being called to a full time music ministry by the Lord is certainly a privilege .  This partly resulted from surrendering my life totally to the Lord to be used by Him for his purposes.  However the way of the Cross is not always easy and can sometimes involve great pain,  struggle and sacrifice.  In 2 Timothy 3: 12 it states that ” everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted…”   To follow God may involve surrendering the things of this world such as wealth,  status and  popularity .   Not everyone may understand the calling that I may have for my life.  Instead it can often incite ridicule and persecution.

This is why I was blessed greatly by a teaching series entitled “Knowing Who You are in Christ ”  by Joyce Meyer.  It contained a wonderful revelation from God’s word about the fact that when we become Christians we become complete in Christ.  We are given self worth,  self esteem and an identity by becoming adopted into the family of God.  We become His precious valued children who are loved totally and unconditionally by Him.  We become citizens of heaven and members of his royal priesthood. See  Romans 8:15-17,  1 Peter 2: 9-10,  Psalm 121,  Acts 10:34,  Romans 2:11,  Ephesians 6:9.

Joyce Meyer talks about how many people including Christians may still feel incomplete.   For instance if people are of a mature age and not married they may feel incomplete and feel they don’t fit into society properly.   People who haven’t climbed high enough on the corporate ladder may also feel incomplete.  Others may feel  wanting if they do not possess a certain level of intelligence or have a university or college education.   Another source of insecurity is not earning as much money as other people or not having as much financial security.

The good news however, is that God does not look at all these outward symbols to determine our worth.  See 1 Samuel 16:7b.  Instead in God’s eyes we are all equal and precious children of God.  He loves and accepts each person on an  equal basis.

Hence in God’s sight, an older single person is just as good as, and has equal worth to a married person .  In God’s eyes, a person with a humble status or occupation is just as good as someone who has climbed high up on the corporate ladder .  A person who has very little money has equal worth and value to someone who has abundant wealth riches and a high paying job – in Christ.  A person who is plain looking has equal worth and value to someone who is beautiful tall and attractive – in Christ.

Therefore, when we learn to see ourselves as God sees us “in Christ” we no longer need to be concerned about getting on the treadmill of achievement to try and gain our worth and value according to the standards of the world or in relation to other people around us.  Instead “in Christ” we are already of equal worth and value as any one else no matter how high up they appear to be on the social ladder of society.  As we realise our position in God’s family – “in Christ”  we can begin to hold our head up high and rejoice in the fact we are valued and loved totally by God and part of his “royal family”.  Hence we are able to command respect from knowing our privileged position in Christ. 

The Good News also,  is that God made us all different for a reason.  Each person is given a special gift or talent that other people may not have.  For instance -“in Christ” you may have a special gift or talent that I don’t have whereas I may have a special gift or talent that you don’t have.  The reason for this is that we are all supposed to work together in the body of Christ.  No person is able to do all things because each person is given a special part.

After listening to these Joyce Meyer CDs I have learnt, in a new way, to see myself as complete in Christ and just as good as anyone else in this world no matter who they are.   I can now walk with my head held high knowing that I have equal worth to every other person on this earth no matter what position they hold or how much wealth or possessions they may have.    This is not to say that I don’t give due respect to those in high positions.  However it reminds me that I have equal worth to them in God’s sight and hence no longer need to fear or feel small in the presence of those who possess so called “worldly success or status” anymore.   This is so because Christ has made us complete in him and hence we all have equal worth in God’s eyes.

This revelation is truly a cause for great celebration.  So let us all start seeing ourselves as God sees us and not according to the world’s standards.

If you wish to obtain Joyce Meyer’s 4 audio CDs on “Knowing Who You Are in Christ ”  you can purchase them online at www.joycemeyer.org for $35AUD.

Prayer Request – could you please pray that God will open doors for my music CDs to be distributed very soon.

God Bless You
Bev.

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Success According to Jesus

April 1, 2008

Was Jesus successful during his time on earth? This may seem an unusual question.  It naturally depends on one’s definition of success is.  In the eyes of the world success could mean :-1.  Financial Wealth

2.  High Status and Recognition in Society

3.  Loving Marriage and children

4.  Ability to enjoy the things in life eg. relaxing holidays,  trips to exotic locations,  lovely restaurants,  sporting or artisitic pursuits.

5.  Feeling of Happiness

6.  Loving friends and family for quality fellowship and support

7.  Beauty and Good Health

There can be other elements that would include success in our modern age.  However these would probably be the main ones  people would look for to guage  if a person is a “success”  in our world today. 

By our worldly standards was Jesus a success? Let’s take a closer look:-

1.  Financial Wealth: he did not seem to possess financial wealth.  His chosen trade was a carpenter which probably would have earned him a modest living able to supply his needs.  During his three years in full time ministry, he  probably received financial support from specific followers.  He also stayed at people’s houses as he travelled and visitied different towns.

2.  High Status and Recognition: Jesus attracted many followers who were searching for spiritual truth.  However he was despised by the  leaders of the Jewish order and eventually condemned by all the governing authorities of the day.  He always seemed to face some form of persecution for his teaching.

3. Marriage and Children: Because God had a special mission for Jesus on this earth he remained single in order to devote his whole life and soul to God’s appointed task.

4. Enjoyment of Life : Since Jesus only had three years in full time ministry, it is unlikely that he took any extensive holiday time to relax.  However he did attend weddings and feasts and probably knew how to enjoy celebrations with friends and family.  John 2

5. Feeling Happy: Jesus would have always had the feeling of peace and oneness with His Heavenly Father since he was sinless and always completely obedient to His Father’s will.  However I don’t know that he was always “happy” in a worldly sense.  After all he knew that his death and crucifixion lay looming ahead of him.  Luke 22:44.  In Isaiah 53:3 it also says ” He was despised and rejected by men,  a man of sorrows and familiar with suffering.  Like one from whom men hid their faces,  he was despised and we esteemed him not”.

6. Loving Friends and Family:  Jesus had a supportive family who helped to raise him in a godly household. He also became very close to the 12 disciples during his life on earth.  He ministered and discipled them so that one day they could spread the gospel message of salvation throughout the biblical world.  However he also experienced the pain of betrayal by one of his friends close to him within this inner circle, namely Judas.

7.  Beauty: In terms of beauty Isaiah 53:2 tells us ” He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,  nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.”  From this passage it would suggest that Jesus may not have been an impressive handsome character by the world’s standards.

At the end of his life  the Jewish leaders of the religious order and all the governing authorities  condemned him to death by crucifixion for speaking the gospel truth.  It would seem that he was losing in the eyes of the world and could have been branded as a failure

However through heavens’ eyes he was accomplishing a magnificent and incredible victory in the spiritual realm.  Evangelical Christians all over the world celebrate the ensuing triumph that was ultimately achieved.

Jesus paid the  penalty for the sins of all mankind in the present ,  past and the future.He rose from the dead, since he was sinless and therefore death could not hold him down forever. Through this act, he enabled a full pardon and forgiveness for all our sins, fellowship with Himself , and eternal salvation for our souls .  To top it all off, it gave us  the promise of eternal life in heavenly paradise when we leave this earth. This gift is offered to all people who wish to actively accept Jesus into their hearts and follow him with their lives.  Due to Jesus selfless life and obedience, he was then elevated to the highest place in heaven to sit at the right hand of God. Romans 8:34.

Therefore we can see that although Jesus did not appear to be successful in a worldly sense, he accomplished a huge victory in the spiritual realm which is a win that will last for eternity.

It also goes to show, that sometimes,  things are not always as they seem.

By Adelle Arwen
Gospel Singer Songwriter & Recording Artist
http://www.StrengthInYourStruggles.com/