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Monday, January 16, 2012

Living Beyond Our Means

Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord; seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. 2nd Peter 1:2, 3 (New American Standard Bible)

Did you ever hear the saying that someone is “keeping up with the Joneses”?  They buy things on credit or strap themselves of cash simply to carry on a life style they really can’t afford.  Over time it can only bring poverty and misery.

Surprisingly Jesus wants us to live beyond our means, not physically speaking but from a spiritual standpoint.  Our own resources are severely limited. We can only show a ‘form’ of godliness by practicing religious traditions without the power of supply.  The richness of our spiritual lives only comes from the riches of His glory and will do so for all eternity (Ephesians 2:7).

We’ll never be strapped of true knowledge, wisdom and power when the Lord is our banker.  Heaven demands no loan applications.  Our contract with the Son of God is a verbal agreement.  After that He is ready through his divine nature to meet all our needs through His glorious resources.  Being in Christ means never needing to keep up with the Joneses for His riches are always at our disposal.  It is living beyond our means while living within His.  It is His grace and peace multiplied to us.