I’m not a preacher by any stretch of the imagination, but I do occasionally have epiphanies and realizations about the things I read and listen to.
What I’m about to share is a realization that I’m still piecing together in my mind, but perhaps writing it down will help it to solidify.
In the Bible, we read verses like these:
And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. (2 Corinthians 9:8)
You may take this to mean “having just enough”, but I read it as having more than enough because “just enough” would negate the previous mention of “abundantly”. Then at the end of the verse it says “abound” again.
Sure, this verse looks a little different in other translations of the Bible, but that’s not the point. The point is that there are several verses like this one demonstrating God’s ability to bless us.
Then we try to temper and contrast with a verse like this one…
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. (1 Timothy 6:10, emphasis added)
And that’s where things can get very confusing.
But then this thought occurred to me: if money was always in plentiful supply, would a person really have a reason to love money anymore?
Think about it: most of us get up every day and go to a job in pursuit of what? Money. Sometimes we try to justify that position with a myriad of reasons, but more often than not the answer you hear is, “Everyone’s got to pay their bills, right?”
Right. And yet, if we didn’t have to get up to go to a job every morning, if we weren’t so anchored to the idea of having a job, if we weren’t always having to manage our debt, perhaps we wouldn’t be in such danger of loving money.
Most of us love money enough to get up at 8, 7, 6, or even 5 in the morning to go and pursue it for the next 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 or more hours of our day!
Is it possible to glean personal fulfillment from a job or a career? Absolutely. Can there be other perks, side benefits and rewards? Of course!
By contrast, however, if we always had more than enough, would we still get up early in the morning to chase down a wad of cash? Would we still love it so much that we would go spend half our days in pursuit of it? Would we feel the need to build someone else’s future in someone else’s business, submitting to their every word regardless of moral differences?
This is not about becoming lazy or not working. It’s about having the freedom of choice to impact and help and love as many people possible. Isn’t that where true fulfillment lay?