Dr. Tony Evans is the pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, Texas. He also is the founder of The Urban Alternative. Dr. Evans holds the honor of writing and publishing the first full-Bible commentary and study Bible by an African American. His radio broadcast, The Alternative, can be heard on over 1,400 radio outlets daily and in more than 130 countries. His sermons are Biblically sound and he “walks the walk,” not just talks the talk. Here is a man of God worth noting for how Father has used him to teach thousands of believers how to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. This is a sharing of a recent email he sent to his contacts, which is adapted from one of his more than 100 books.
Most people think money is the secret to satisfaction. They think that happiness equates to how much money you’ve got at your disposal. But happiness has nothing to do with money. Money isn’t about to solve your problems. In fact, sometimes our problems escalate as our money increases — not the other way around.
That’s why Paul wrote, “For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs” (1 Timothy 6:10).
There are so many things money can’t buy. Money can’t buy health. It can’t buy relational harmony. It can’t buy respect, honor, character or esteem. When things go south in any of those areas, if money is all you’ve got working for you, you’ll discover the actual value of money. You’ll learn that money isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. There’s so much that matters more than how much money you have in your wallet or your bank account. But it’s very easy to forget that.
As a result, people frequently spend their energy praying for stuff when God wants to give them more than stuff. He wants to give significance, strength, stability and identity. All the stuff in the world doesn’t amount to much if you are so broken, empty or alone that you cannot enjoy it, and you don’t have anyone with whom to share it. Stuff never made anyone smile the way that satisfaction, purpose and even service can. Our world focuses on stuff, while Jesus reminds us what matters most.
For His kingdom,
This content has been adapted from Tony Evans, Kingdom Men Rising, Bethany House Publishers, 2021.
See also the DVD, Kingdom Men Rising. Good stuff!
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