Health, Wealth or Suffering?

Should a Christian seek only brokenness, or abundance? I think these are the wrong questions. You don’t have to choose one or the other, and you certainly shouldn’t condemn one or the other. Just look at Romans 815-17:

For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.

This scripture clearly has BOTH suffering and glory, but those are not the things we’re supposed to seek out. If you are seeking a lowly life just to prove (To God? To others? To yourself?) you are humble and good, that is false humility. If you seek wealth and glory just for comfort and pleasure, that is selfishness. But the point of this verse isn’t which one should we seek, or which one is best, or which one is wrong. The key words in this verse are WITH HIM.

If you are pursuing Him above anything else, if your righteousness and confidence and breath are all dependant on Him, if the goal of your life is to discover more of His heart, then you should be free to gladly accept suffering OR glory as He chooses. Jesus died, but he was also resurrected. We also cannot accept the suffering without the blessings any more than Jesus should have stayed in the tomb and never been raised.

A few weeks ago a friend of mine handed me a twenty dollar bill accompanied with the words “You’re not allowed to say no.” Later I thought, how often does God have to say that to me? “Jewel this day off is for you…you’re not allowed to say no. Jewel this chance to display your artwork is for you…you’re not allowed to say no. Jewel this healing is for you…you’re not allowed to say no.” How often does He have to say that so I won’t shove it back at Him and say “No…I must suffer. I must live a plain and simple life. I must only give and never receive. I am only a slave.”

If you are with Him, there will surely be both suffering and glory. But if you are with Him, you will soon realize that you really don’t care what you have in a given moment, as long as you have Him. You will use your times of suffering to love people deeper, and you will use your times of wealth to be generous, but regardless, every reaction will flow out of the abundant life that is WITH HIM.

I don’t care whether I am suffering with Him or whether He has given me more money than I’ve ever had before…all I care is that every moment is caught up in our embrace. So the question is not: to be poor or to be wealthy? To suffer or to thrive? The question is are you WITH HIM through both, through whatever, through all. In this life, can you gladly accept both, knowing that in the end…with Him…there is always LIFE.

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One Comment Add yours

  1. Dave G says:

    Very well articulated Jewel

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