Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Vow to Sanctified Life   

Sheila Chandy
Mar Thoma Church San Francisco

Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with what you have; for he has said, “I will never leave you or forsake you.”

In this passage, the author is telling the Jewish Christians to live a life free of money and be content with what they have. It is true that we need money for the basic necessities of life. However many times we get distracted by the desire to “accumulate wealth”. We toil day and night to attain “earthly treasures”. We want the six figure salary in order to buy the dream home and go on exotic vacations. It is not wrong to own nice things, but we cannot let greed consume us so much so that we lose sight of what is important.

John D. Rockefeller was the world’s first billionaire. For several years he was suffering from health ailments which were attributed to his constant worrying about his empire. When he finally started sharing his wealth with others, his health improved.  When we focus on money, and how “we” can attain it, we easily become frustrated and worried. At the end of the day, there is no need for this distress.

The Lord Almighty is the author of our lives, and he has set a plan for each of us. He will never leave or forsake us. We must trust in his plan for our lives.  We need to be content with what we have for we know that God is with us during our good times as well as during trials and tribulations. Exodus 16 and 17 tells us how God took care of the Israelites in the wilderness for 40 years providing them with manna from heaven and water from the rock to quench their thirst.

We should not be obsessed by “Material Things”, but have an unwavering belief that it is God who will take care of us and provide for us.

When we look at Mathew 6:25-34, it gives us further assurance in God’s providence in our lives and that we don’t have to worry about tomorrow.  Trust in the Lord, He will provide for all our needs; He will never leave us nor forsake us.


Heavenly Father, Your faithfulness to us is unfailing. You always provide for us and fulfill our needs. Help us to manage our finances, and be good stewards of all that you have given us.

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give". ~Winston Churchill

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