Shedding Worldly Labels for Christ

A friend of mine introduced me to a friend of his from his church. As we talked, I learned that this man had a very successful business in finance. I immediately judged this man who likely made more money in an hour than I made in a year. How could someone so wealthy possibly have faith in Christ? The two seemed at odds with each other.

However, as we talked I soon learned that this man had a passion for Christ Jesus. He began to tell me about all the orphanages he funded with his income; how he was helping to spread the gospel to these children in need of hope. Then he said something to me that made me regret my quick judgement of him. “I believe God has gifted me with the ability to make money for his kingdom,” he said.

I quickly realized I was ill-equipped to judge a person’s commitment to Christ. In Galatians 3:26-29, Paul reminded us that “in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith (NIV).” He explained that we are all one in Christ, that our worldly labels are replaced by our identity in Christ. “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Through Jesus we are descendants of Abraham “and heirs according to the promise.”

#Retrospective: This post originally published January 10, 2019.

© 2019 CGThelen

11 thoughts on “Shedding Worldly Labels for Christ

  1. “It is God who gives you the power to get wealth, and He adds no trouble with it.” Sorry, I don’t have the address right now. If it weren’t for a wealthy disciple, Joseph of Armethia, Jesus wouldn’t of had a tomb to be buried in. Of course, he only needed three days.😄

    1. Reminds me of Deuteronomy 8 where God tells the Israelites, “that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD (3).” And warns them not to become vain, “Otherwise, you may say in your heart, ‘My power and the strength of my hand made me this wealth (17).’” It appears that Joseph of Armethia understood that all he had came from God and willingly gave up his tomb for Jesus. Thanks for the comment. Blessings.

  2. What an awesome thing it is to be in Christ! I try to remind myself that everybody has different gifts and that each gift is necessary for the body to function. One person may be gifted in making money for the kingdom while I am not. My thing is writing. Another person may be an awesome evangelist. There are many ways of serving but it is one God we serve. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Yup, it’s not money that corrupts, but the LOVE of money! So, if money is a vehicle for increasing the knowledge and love of God in the world, God bless the giver!

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