Don’t get worked up about $20

When I’m meeting with someone and we’re about to pray, I often ask them what we should pray about.

One of the most common answers is to not sweat the small stuff.

I get that. Sometimes it’s easy to let something small get blown out of proportion and take over our brain.

To help out in this regard, Tim Keller suggests an analogy.

Imagine two billionaires. They have cars, mansions, and dozens of staff.

They’re both walking down the street and see a twenty dollar bill on the sidewalk. Do you think they’re going to run, dive, and battle each other for it?

Of course not! They’re probably not too concerned with a measly twenty bucks. After all, they’re billionaires!

Here’s where you and I come in.

If, as it says in Galatians 3:27, you have “put on Christ,” you “are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise” (verse 29). In other words, you are a spiritual billionaire. It means that, because of God’s promises, you have incredible riches…

You have forgiveness and purpose and love and truth and heaven… FOREVER!

And as I’ve been talking about in the “Keeping up with the Joneses” series I’m leading at church, the more we’re able to remember the amazing (big) things God has done for us, the less likely we are to obsess and worry about the (smaller) things which can contaminate our thinking and hijack our priorities.

I’m not saying you won’t sweat the small stuff from time to time. But I think your stay in those boggy trenches will be shorter and less debilitating.

Remember, if you’ve placed your faith in Jesus, you are spiritual billionaire.

And billionaires don’t get worked up about twenty bucks.

By Matthew Ruttan

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