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All these things – Why don’t I trust Christ for them?

“One verse in every six in the first three Gospels relates either directly or indirectly to money. Sixteen of our Lords forty-four parables deal with the use of misuse of money. A loving, joyful, liberal giving to the Lords work is an acid test of a spiritual heart, pleasing to God.” William Allen

“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Matthew 6:19-21

Lately I have been thinking a great deal about financial issues. I have been asking myself several questions: How can I save money? What can I do to increase the amount of money I have coming in? What expenses can I cut out? What future financial goals do I have? Which ones do I need to set, and which ones need to be a priority? Needless to say, it is easy for me to be overly concerned with my financial condition, and this is something that God has convicted me about. I often think that I should invest in stocks, mutual funds, or even gold to prepare for future events whither they consist of emergencies or planned provisions. Yet how often do I stop to think about how I am currently investing in my heavenly stock? I often worry about the amount of money I have in the bank, but why do I not worry about the amount of treasures I have in heaven? As a Christian, it is my duty to live life on this earth as just a traveler. A man only passing through a foreign country does not invest in businesses that will not profit him in his homeland, nor does he acquire debt. To do so would be foolish. I myself in the same way should not invest the majority of the money that has been given me in something that will not profit me in eternity.

It is seems difficult for me to completely trust that God will provide for all of the needs that I have. But when you read His word, I find that God never allows his children to go without. Even in times when their basic needs were not met, He still was faithful to meet their real needs. I pray that God gives me the faith of a child to trust in Him to meet my needs just as a child trust his parents. Now, in case anyone may take what I say backwards, I do not mean that we should not work to earn our living. On the contrary, Paul said in 1 Timothy 5:8 “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.” The concern that I have for myself is that my focus is on the finances and acquiring them, than actually on trusting Christ to provide for my needs. Your focus makes all the difference in the world. Jesus, in response to concerns about material possessions, said:

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33

I am seeking every day to conform my thinking to that of Christ’s, and that requires trusting in him completely for everything. The challenge I give to myself and to you is to seek the Kingdom of God above everything else in the this world, even our desires, dreams, plans, jobs, friends, and family. Especially during this Christmas season, it is easy to loose sight of this. We tend to look at how our pocket book is getting smaller, or focus on the gifts, than focus on the true meaning of Christmas. When we seek the advancement of Christ’s Kingdom before everything else, and readily invest into the heavenly treasures, the King himself will see to it that our needs our met out of His great, and endless provisions.

For the Glory of God, and the advancement of His Kingdom,

Nathan D. Hamilton – Esquire


Uniting Business and Ministry

Hello Everyone!

Everything is going well for me. I currently have 27 Credits, and am taking another test on Friday for English Composition. The Lord has truly blessed me and has been showing me some different things that have challenged me in my relationship with Christ. I want to share one of those things with you.

In 2007, I felt God calling me to the ministry; a decision I had wrestled with for about three years. Since my Father was (and still is) a Pastor, I didn’t want to follow in his footsteps because of several difficulties our family had been through.  But God took hold of my heart and I surrendered to his will. That was a turning point in my life because I finally knew I was doing what God wanted me to do. I began thinking about how God wanted me to be involved in the ministry and how I could eventually become a Pastor or Elder of a church, but something didn’t seem right.

As a home-schooler having graduated from high school, I began preparing for what God would call me to in the future. I knew that his will for me included higher education of some shape or form with the ultimate plan of attending seminary. I also knew that God desired me to get married and raise a family. So I began picking up different jobs such as mowing lawns, working for a marble company, building web sites, and working as an IT. In preparation for the ministry, I began to preach for churches that needed someone to fill in for ministers who were on vacation, or temporarily serving somewhere else.  I ended up serving as temporary Pastor at a church during 2009. During all of this though, I felt as though something were missing; something just wasn’t right.

Towards the end of last year, God began showing me that I had been deceived. I felt that since God had called me into the ministry, I had to pursue Vocational Ministry. I believed, like most Christians do, that someone called into the ministry pursues one of four main vocational paths: Pastor, Music leader, Youth Pastor, or Missionary. Many Christians also believe that only those in Vocational Ministry are called to evangelize; or that they have to be in a Church “group” in order to evangelize. In the course of going through these different experiences, I felt God reveling to me that these beliefs were not biblical. While looking through the Bible, and seeking the Lord’s will for my life, I felt that God was calling me to a different type of ministry; the ministry Christians everywhere are called to.

Look At Jesus’ Commandment in Matthew 28:19-20: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, [even] unto the end of the world. Amen.” Does this passage give any indication that Christ is talking to Church leaders only? Does he say, “Only those who are in a group with others may evangelize”? No, he is talking to every single Christian that walks on the face of the earth. If Christians would be a light everywhere they went, and in everything they did, our impact would be much greater. This is the way it was in the New Testament Church.  So, in essence, this is what God convicted me about. I had been acting much like many Christians do today, and still I am working on allowing God to shine through me in everything I do. I am not perfect, but that is what I am striving for.

God has led me to finish my BSBA in General Business Management, and then study for my MBA. Then I feel led to work at CollegePlus! (Where I currently work) for several years, and eventually become an Independent Business Consultant. I want to be able to use this avenue to share Christ with whomever I come into contact with.

Just a little insight from my heart and life. I hope that is has encouraged you. God bless.

For the Glory of God, and the advancement of His Kingdom,

Nathan D. Hamilton – Esquire