Almost two decades after retiring as a financial planner, I still thumb through a daily financial newspaper. It covers more than money issues, but that’s its primary focus. Reading story after story about corporations and small businesses, I’m not amazed at the obsession to make more and more money, quarter by quarter, year after year, or else get clobbered by the markets.
My wife and I chuckle over the poor outfit that only makes a gazillion more bucks this year than last when so-called experts predict $1.012 gazillion. Down plummets the stock. Its Board of Directors headhunts a new CEO. More and more moolah is the perpetual monkey on their backs.
Such is the world. But there’s something different for believers. For we can feel Jesus nudging us closer to Himself, loosening the poisonous grip of greed. 1 Thessalonians 4:1–‘…we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more.’ There it is. Pleasing God, more and more, becomes our goal in life. More and more… of Jesus.
The specifics of how this works out in your life and mine varies greatly. None two the same. But to please God…more and more…is where it’s at. Not only on certain holidays or the odd Sunday, weather permitting; but consistently ‘more and more’, no matter what.
That’s tricky. How to do this without being obsessive, tying ourselves up in legalism or ritual. More like wanting to rather than having to. An eager willingness.
Like I know how all this works out in my life. I’ve got it down pat. Not quite! Not even close. I struggle as much as any one else. However, I know the target. I know where to aim. You do, too. So do your best to live for Jesus… more and more. To know His love… more and more. His forgiveness and kindness… more and more. And then? Well, how about some more!
Lord Jesus, I need you most of all. Amen.