“What good does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and he loses his soul.” Mark 8:36
Law of Reciprocity : you will receive more than you give
Do you want to be blessed? Definitely everybody will answer “Yes!” but the problems is, are you ready? In fact, God never holding His blessings for us. It is us who need spiritual readiness to receive abundant blessings from Him. If we receive the blessings before we’re ready, those blessings will become our burden. So, be prepared for your answered prayer.
There are 4 prescriptions to prepare ourselves
1. Delight : Simplify your rules of happiness.
When God bless us more, we are tempted to raise our standard of happiness. For example when we have limited money, we are already happy to go to Bandung. But when we have more money, going to Bandung is no longer fun for us. We want to go abroad. In fact, we don’t need to harden our happiness. Why make it so difficult to be happy? Don’t get rid of your old joys. Focus on what you have, not on what you don’t have.
There are 2 ways to get enough: One is to accumulate more. The other is to desire less.
-G. K. Chesterton-
In order to be happy is simply by experiencing God in a simple life.
2. Define : You are not owner, but borrower.
“The land must not be sold permanently, because the land is mine and you are but aliens and my tenants.” Leviticus 25:23
In Israelites tradition, there’s a year called Jubilee year. It’s a big celebration when all debts will be restored and all borrowed land will be returned to its owners. When we have the borrower mentality, God will bless us abundantly because He believes we can manage it very well.
3. Detach : Don’t let the money possess you.
No matter how much treasures we have in this world, in heaven your treasure is merely dust. It’s useless. So why we have to attached to all of our treasuries? To be wealthy is good but, God blesses us abundantly so that we can bless others. The problems is when we are attached to that wealth.
4. Diversify : Exchange earthly currency to eternal currency.
Value of money is change overtime. Then, we need to change our investment to the eternal currency. What is that eternal currency? LOVE! The only toys that you will keep are the toys that you give away. So if we give away love, just love and love. We invest in the only eternal currency that we will bring until the day we die. So focus on love. Love God. Love yourself. Love your friends. Love your family. Love every people around you
Keep the simple life. And just give away love.
Speaker: Steven | Writer: Hilda | Translator & Editor: Mei Ling