Not for the Money

Mark Heijerman

READ : 2 Corinthians 12:11-21

“They’re in it for the money.” That is the accusation commonly used to cast suspicion upon another’s reputation. It is particularly effective when used against people who should be doing what they’re doing for reasons more noble than worldly profit. Even worldly eyes become narrow with distrust when someone suggests that money is the motivator behind words and deeds of kindness.

Little wonder then that the false apostles in Corinth used this method of arousing suspicion to slander Paul. In the middle of the Apostle’s campaign to raise money for the poor in Jerusalem, these “super-apostles” whispered rumors that Paul was interested only in their possessions. “He’s in it for the money,” was their cry.

In response to this allegation, Paul gave this marvelous assurance, “I will not be a burden to you, because what I want is not your possessions, but you.” Can it be said any better? The key to all positive and productive relationships husband to wife, friend to friend, believer to believer, Christian to God the key lies in our ability to say with integrity, “What I want is not the possessions you are able to give me; what I really want is you.”

PRAYER

Dear God, stir our hearts to love for reasons far beyond earthly pay-backs. In Jesus’ name. Amen.