“So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?” (Luke 16:11, NIV)
One of the most effective weapons the CONSUMERLATOR uses is worldly wealth. Remember, the CONSUMERLATOR wants us to spend all of our time and efforts on earthly matters that are in the process of perishing. The person who buys strictly into what the world system has to offer is going to end up with nothing in eternity.
The mature CONVERTERLATOR has made the great discovery: “Then the Almighty will be your gold, the choicest silver for you.” (Job 22:25, NIV)
“Now acquaint yourself with Him, and be at peace; thereby good will come to you.” (Job 22:21, NKJV)
“After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, ‘Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.’ ” (Genesis 15:1, NKJV)
The personal relationship with God is more important than anything else the world has to offer. In fact, “Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs.” (Jonah 2:8, NIV84)
One day I placed the word GOLD beside GOD. If you delete the “L” from GOLD you have the word GOD. The “L” represents whatever we are living for in this world. The purpose of life for so many people is to accumulate as much wealth as possible.
The CONVERTERLATOR comes to the conclusion he must move the “L” from GOLD and move it under GOD to be placed in service to him. By doing this, one is able to take gold, which is going to perish like everything else, and use it for accumulating treasure in heaven. You can take it with you! However, you have to send it ahead by CONVERTERLATING it into kingdom activities, like helping to fulfill the Great Commission.
It is so easy to be blinded by earthly wealth. If you hold a penny close enough to your eye, you can block out the sun. In the same way, the pennies of this world (the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desire for more) can block the power of the Son.
Only through the prism of the cross of Jesus Christ can we have the proper perspective to worldly wealth and how it should be used.
Today, ask yourself:
Have I moved the “L,” what I am living for, to be placed in service to God and his kingdom? Am I CONVERTERLATING it into kingdom activities?