It seems that so often when we share the message of working for God rather than working for Money, people inevitably regard it as some sort of bad news. Maybe we could do a better job of presenting these teachings of Jesus to the public, as well as to our closer friends. We’re definitely in favor of trying harder to share the message of Christ (as recorded in the gospels) in as positive light as possible. Gospel actually means “good news”.
But what if it is actually a response of fear or something else which makes people think it is some sort of denial of “living life to the fullest” when we teach that there is absolute freedom in working for God instead of a paycheck?
I was sharing this particular teaching of Jesus (Matthew 6:24) with a professed christian yesterday, and while she seemed somewhat open to seeing the benefit of choosing to work for God instead of Money, it became clear that FEAR was the number one objection she kept returning to in our conversation. She admitted that she had never heard this teaching in all her years in the church, but that she could obviously see how clear Jesus was on this matter.
The number one fear that tends to accompany people’s initial reaction to this subject is typically summed up as this: without a job that pays, how can we live in this world?
I can understand this fear, although I believe it absolutely unfounded. I asked her to think of people she has known who had suddenly lost their job due to a variety of reasons. She was able to think of a few people in her life who this had happened to. I then asked her if she believed there was some kind of “faith” that people have in their jobs that they will be provided for; taken care of. She again admitted that people do commonly “trust” in their jobs to provide security for themselves and their families. I then asked if this could possibly be a misplaced “faith.” She wholeheartedly agreed.
Think about that: many people assume their job/career is going to be there for them, day after day, thereby taking care of their needs (and wants). But there are also a LOT of people who are in constant fear/anxiety that they could lose their jobs at any time. On top of all that, there are so many people in the world who are either unable to find work or are unable to work due to disability.
If in times of great economic uncertainty there is a widespread belief that jobs are both scarce and easy to lose, wouldn’t it ultimately be better to have our faith placed in something that we can truly count on? Something that isn’t so easily shaken by such things?
We have found that after all of our collective years of traveling the globe, we have not had to worry about the state of the economy in whatever country we happened to find ourselves in. Because we are so content to live a very simple lifestyle, we have found freedom that others wish for, but are simply afraid to take that first step of faith in order to experience the same.
Our job of working for God by sharing the teachings of Jesus with the world is never in danger of being “downsized” or “outsourced!” Jesus had the audacity to promise that if we work for God, God is responsible for taking care of us.
We can’t imagine a better Employer!