Wednesday, April 4, 2012
2 Chronicles 1 7:12 New Living Translation
That night God appeared to Solomon and said, “What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!”
8 Solomon replied to God, “You showed faithful love to David, my father, and now you have made me king in his place. 9 O Lord God, please continue to keep your promise to David my father, for you have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth! 10 Give me the wisdom and knowledge to lead them properly,[e] for who could possibly govern this great people of yours?”
11 God said to Solomon, “Because your greatest desire is to help your people, and you did not ask for wealth, riches, fame, or even the death of your enemies or a long life, but rather you asked for wisdom and knowledge to properly govern my people— 12 I will certainly give you the wisdom and knowledge you requested. But I will also give you wealth, riches, and fame such as no other king has had before you or will ever have in the future!”
So this week we had the worlds larges lotto jackpot ever $360,000,000! I will admit it. I actually said to God "I can live on 10% and you can have the rest. The church building would be finished. The whole church could go to South America next year. A youth pastor, no problem! Hire the worship team full time - done! Redo the parking lot and the main bathrooms - done and done! Free Upward basketball and cheer for every little darling that wants to play! And oh yeah, never have to go to a paid job again!" Clearly I am no Solomon.
Real ministry takes real money.
But my real transformation takes my real dependence on God and God alone.
Maybe I could win a few hundred million and still be dependant on God - or maybe just maybe that money would get in the way of my full on dependence on Him. So I am ok with staying one of the "regular none winning lotto folks" as long as I am still winning as a fully redeemed daughter of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.