The One We Can Trust
If the US government suddenly banned the use of $10 and $20 bills, it would be little more than a nuisance. Most Americans don’t hold large amounts of cash. But in India, where less than half the population has bank accounts, India’s sudden ban on the popular 500 and 1000 rupee notes has been extremely disruptive.
India took this dramatic step to curb its huge underground economy. Corrupt politicians, terrorists, criminals and tax avoiders operate on a cash basis. With a simple government decree, all the “black money” they stockpiled suddenly became worthless.
Perhaps this brings to your mind, as it does to mine, the numerous scriptures about the uncertainty of worldly wealth. From these passages, it's clear that God does not want us to love money or put our trust in it. Sometimes, however, we can read these passages and wonder exactly how to avoid these pitfalls.
Hebrews 13:5 tells us why we can set aside the love of money and find contentment. It is because God has promised never to leave us or forsake us.
When we forget that God has promised to care for us, no amount of wealth will make us feel secure. When we remember that God cares for us, we will live responsibly, but without the fear that fuels greed.
Many of our missionaries have seen God’s promise to care for His people fulfilled in dramatic ways. I’m reminded of our Nepal Coordinator, Pastor Silas* (name changed for safety), who was born into a Brahmin family, the highest Hindu caste.
Despite belonging to a wealthy, privileged family, Silas’s heart was utterly devoid of peace. When he came to Christ while studying at university, his father disowned him.
Silas gave up his inheritance to follow Jesus, counting the privilege of knowing Him worth infinitely more than worldly wealth, and even his family’s approval. God has provided for Silas and his ministry, which has now reached thousands of unreached peoples with the Gospel, for 22 years since.
Whenever we doubt God’s promise to care for us, Christmas is an important reminder of “the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that we through His poverty might become rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9).
The riches he offers us are not transient, like the banned Indian money, but rather consist of our adoption into Christ’s loving family at the price of His blood – a treasure of infinite value that can never be lost.
Many blessings to you this Christmas and always!
P.S. Thank you for your prayers and support in 2016! Your partnership enables our South Asian brothers and sisters to continue bringing light to dark places. We simply can't do this work without you.
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