“Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.” Ephesians 4:28
John Piper, in his book Desiring God, said, “Why does God bless us with abundance? So we can have enough to live on, and then use the rest for all manner of good works that alleviate spiritual and physical misery. Enough for us; abundance for others.”
The Lord has given us His blessings and grace that we may share to the world the very essence and reason why Jesus came to earth: to save us from our sins. However, many people come to Jesus not for salvation, but for a solution to life’s problems, an improvement to their lifestyles, be materially “blessed”, and to be free from pain.
The reality of our Christianity is actually to feel and understand the pain that our sins gave Jesus when He died on the cross, and when we do, to repent and flee from sinning. We should live for Him even when we have to go against the grain and flow of this earthly life. Jesus said, “Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.” John 12:25 We should not love our lives to the point of keeping it. In fact, He tells us that we should lay our lives down for the kingdom of God. It is not an easy journey being a Christian, because it takes enmity with the world despite the very inclination of our hearts to follow the culture around us. We need to consciously and intentionally study the word of God and live His standards out. Because if we don’t, it is the easiest thing to join the crowd and just flow.
“God has made us conduits of His grace. The danger is in thinking the conduit should be lined with gold. It shouldn’t. Copper will do. Copper can carry unbelievable riches to others.” -John Piper