Streets of Gold
A devotional thought from Christian George for “The Lord Will Provide”
Let’s be clear. The economy is worse for wear. Ever since the crash of 2008, stocks have struggled, houses have been cheap, and jobs have been lost. Makes you almost want to succumb to the commercials that tell us to invest in gold.
All of us want security. This desire is stronger in some than in others. But every human possesses the basic instinct to take care of himself or herself. Financially, we want to make sure that when we retire, we’ll have enough money to survive. Emotionally, we want to make sure that someone will always be there to love, cherish, and provide for us. But what about spiritually? Do we put as much energy into spiritual security as we put into other areas of our lives?
Listen to Jesus as He gives us a terrifying command: “Whoever wants to save his life will lose it” (Matt. 16:25, HCSB). Are you serious, Jesus? Lose our lives? No thanks! We spent tens of thousands of dollars trying to save and secure our lives!
But here’s what Jesus was getting at: Christianity is a call to die. It’s a call to sacrifice ourselves to something greater, bigger. Following Christ is about loving Him more than trusting the security we set up for ourselves. It’s about preferring His path to the comforts we have grown to love. It’s even about loving Him more than the family members we spend our lives providing for. “Don’t collect for yourselves treasures on earth,” said Jesus, but instead “collect for yourselves treasures in heaven” (Matt. 6:19-20). For it is only there that “the broad street of the city [is] pure gold” (Rev. 21:21) and the economy will never crash.
Pause and Reflect
• What “security blankets” do you rely on? Are these a help or hindrance to your faith?
• Why must Christians be willing to sacrifice not only their lives for the gospel, but also the lives of those they love? Could you do this?
• Read John 15:13. Why does true love require ultimate sacrifice?