If you’ve been stressing out over money and worrying about how you’re going to make ends meet, I have two words for you today.
Stop it. That may not sound very elegant but it’s scriptural. It’s a short version of what Jesus said in Luke 12:22-23: “Take no thought for your life [do not be anxious and troubled with cares; don’t worry about], what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on. The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.”
It’s not hard to figure out that if Jesus said that 2,000 years ago and He never changes, then if He were standing here in the flesh today He’d say the same thing to us. He wouldn’t modify His instructions just because the world is experiencing an economic downturn. He wouldn’t coddle believers who are worrying themselves sick about their financial future and say, “There, there now, I understand why you’re so upset. After all, these are difficult times.”
No, He’d be as straight with us today as He was with people back then. He’d say, Stop it!
“Yeah, but Brother Copeland, I just got laid off from my job.”
Stop worrying. Your job is not your financial source.
“I haven’t been able to find any decent-paying work.”
Take no thought. God has plenty of work for you to do and He’ll pay you better than any other employer ever will.
“Brother Copeland, get real! I’m not a preacher like you are. I can’t just focus on serving God. I have to work for a living. I have to toil to earn my money like the Bible says—by the sweat of my brow.”
No, you don’t. Whoever told you that lied to you. The Bible doesn’t say anything about born-again believers toiling for a living. Toiling is part of the curse that came on mankind through sin; and those of us who have made Jesus the Lord of our lives are redeemed from it. We’ve inherited THE BLESSING of Abraham, and “the blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it” (Proverbs 10:22). The words sorrow and toil are interchangeable. They mean the same thing, and we’ve been redeemed from both of them.
Janitors With Jets
In the kingdom of God, wealth is not based on where we’re employed or what line of work we do. (I’m not saying we don’t work. I’m saying we don’t work for a living.) As believers, we work on assignment for Jesus. We do the job He directs us to do and, through THE BLESSING, He supplies all our needs according to His riches in glory.
In the kingdom of God, a janitor can have a jet. I know what you’re thinking. You’re wondering why on earth a janitor would want a jet. It depends on what he does with his weekends. If he spends them traveling the world preaching the gospel, a jet would be the only way he could do it.
If that sounds far out to you, think of it this way. What if you and your older brother were joint heirs to the world’s largest fortune and your brother needed you to help him mop the church floors for a month? If the church was far enough from the house, you might fly your jet to work.
It would be no big deal, really. After all, you’re not going over there to mop for a living. You’re going because your brother needs you there. He asked you to go and there’s no way you’re going to turn him down. That’s the kind of relationship you have with him. He does anything you ask him to do, and you do anything he asks you to do.
“If the kingdom of God really works that way,” you might ask, “why don’t we see more wealthy janitors in the Church?”
Because God’s people are thinking wrong. They think they have to live on what they can earn sweeping floors or flipping burgers. They work to make money instead of working on assignment. They let their minds be affected by the fear-based, covetous mentality of the world that says, “Get a job. Any job!” and without asking the Lord what He needs them to do, they just jump on the best possible paycheck.
As a result, they get out of the will of God. Instead of being in the right place at the right time, they find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time with nothing working—financially or any other way.
But I’m here to tell you it’s time for that to change. It’s time for all of us, as believers, to realize we don’t want just any job. We want the job. We want the job God has planned for us because that’s where He needs us to be. We want to be about our Father’s business—fulfilling His assignment.
If we’ll all take that attitude, it won’t make any difference how much that job pays—or even if it pays at all. What does it matter? We are joint heirs with Jesus to the greatest fortune the world has ever seen. We have inherited THE BLESSING that makes us rich and adds no sorrow with it.
(This article is published by permission of Kenneth Copeland Ministries.)
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