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8/16/18

Where do you find your security?

9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.
2 Cor 8.9

The gospel seeks to change our relationship with money. 

In particular, the gospel seeks to reshape our hearts, so that we don’t find our security in life in our financial resources, but in God. One of the ways the Bible seeks to do this is to cast the work of God in Jesus through economic terms. Jesus who is rich became poor, so that we who are poor could become rich.

What this means is that Jesus, who is God, became like one of us, a full human being. 

He took on our suffering. He was treated as the worst of criminals. He died on a cross, in our place, spending himself to free us of our debt to sin and death. And then because of his resurrection, we get Jesus’ wealth. We get his righteousness. We get his glory. We get the security of Jesus’ relationship with his father. We get the gift of the Holy Spirit as a down payment that one day God will dwell with us in a new and redeemed creation.

The generosity of God in Jesus becomes our heart’s true security. Money becomes just money, not our security in life. 

How do we know if we are finding our security in God or in our own resources? One way is to pay attention to our hearts. Do our hearts become massively anxious, when our finances suffer? Do our hearts become gloriously joyful when our finances increase?

The gospel reminds us that God is graciously generous. He will provide for us. He will give us what he believes we need. You can trust him. 

How do we know we can trust him? Jesus became poor, so we could become rich. Let that truth sink in to the core of your heart. Pray that God would press is in to your heart and reshape where you find your life’s security.

Tim Porter

Lead Pastor for the Mission
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