Thursday, March 27, 2008

Financial freedom?

I have been reading through the gospel of Luke and rejoiced when I got to chapter 12 and the parable of the rich fool. Why did I rejoice?

Well, earlier in my life I had a big issue with greed. I was consumed with the need and desire to accumulate wealth. It drove me and even kept me up at night. It got so bad that I actually slept with a financial calculator on my bedside table and I would crunch numbers in the dark while my wife was trying to fall asleep. How could I accelerate the process of becoming a millionaire? How fast could I amass wealth and how soon could I retire? I look back and see just how sick I was and how misdirected my focus had become. I was the rich fool. My life was driven by a desire for wealth rather than a desire for God. It was all about storing up things for me and not for God’s kingdom.

I was going to make it; I was going to be financially secure; I was going to be financially free. However, I was the furthest thing from free. I was in bondage to greed and to fear.

But, God delivered me from this bondage and from this sin. He changed my focus and my way of thinking. By His powerful grace He transformed me by the renewing of my mind; by correcting my thinking; by redirecting my priorities. My passion is still for millions. But, it is for millions to find Christ and to live for Him rather than for millions of dollars in my financial portfolio.
Then he said to them, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions." - Luke 12:15

1 comment:

Anita Hensley said...

great job Eric!
"For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it." Mark 8:35
God is really working; you are an inspiration.