Mark Affleck

I Chose Heavenly Rewards Over Worldly Wealth

September 26, 2019
Spiritual Growth

Early in my faith walk I thought it would be possible to toggle between my work sanctuary and God’s sanctuary. But later I learned that a bi-focal option like that does not exist. We cannot be in two places at one time. It’s our sanctuary or God’s sanctuary.

Either we work for Heavenly Rewards or strive for Worldly Wealth.
I had clearly chosen Worldly Wealth over Heavenly Rewards. I was fearful that my career might stall if people saw I was “backing off.” I was intensely fearful that my “business edge” would disappear.
But it didn’t turn out that way.
I was showered with God’s blessings after I choose his sanctuary over my work sanctuary. My career actually strengthened. I was no longer afraid if people in my business knew I was a Christian. God began to use my business platform to reach others for Christ.
I had been chasing the world’s definition of success at the time—prestige and possessions—at the expense of more important goals involving my faith in Christ.
With each surge of stress and the addition of yet another layer of ambition, I figured my move toward God—working for Heavenly Rewards–could come later. But of course it never turns out like that in the real world.
God wants our focus to be solely on him and on our love for others, and he wants us to use our divinely-given gifts and talents to reap Heavenly Rewards.
Coveting Worldly Wealth messes up our need to be content in God’s eyes. To pull that challenge off, we must change our source of security from what we have to what God promises—Heavenly Rewards over Worldly Wealth.

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