What are you doing with your life? What career path have you chosen and how are you going to climb the corporate ladder? How are you going to pay off that debt? How are you going to support your family? How do you plan to do all of this? What is your PLAN??? The barrage of questions comes whether internally or via those “encouraging” friends and family who wish you the best, but in actuality, only serve to introduce you to fear.
I grew up in a church that taught me the basic theological building blocks that create a solid spiritual foundation. I came to understand at a young age that “God is good,” that, “God wants the best for me”, that He, “cares for and loves me”, and that He is full of “joy, love, hope, and peace”. These things were all that I really needed. Those simple values were enough for me to live my life with the principled belief that God intended for me to be happy! Imagine that, God wants you to be HAPPY!
That core belief led me to follow my heart until I found where I was supposed to be in life. I was driven to fill the position in life that God had specifically created for me, a place that bred passion in my heart and contentment in my soul and spirit.
You see, the gaze of my eye was not on money, success, ambition, power or any of the other things for which we as humans acquire an insatiable thirst. Our eyes are meant to be fixed on the Author of the Universe who has created us from the foundation of the Earth for a specific purpose, a purpose that brings fulfillment. We are meant to meditate on the goodness of the Lord, trusting that He is good, knowing that He has a plan to prosper us. We know that His infalliable intentions are to bring us a future and a hope.
Matthew 6 gives us insight into the heart of God as it says,
“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. 23 But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is! No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
While this passage can be interpreted as focusing on the importance of purity as it pertains to excluding content that causes spiritual pollution, it can also be said that this verse is warning the reader from allowing the eye to become an instrument of pollution. The eye directs the aims, intentions, and goals of the heart. The eye is what cultivates desire, jealousy, envy, and hunger. It fuels cravings and passions, whether it is a passion to realize personal goals and ambition, to attain money and wealth, or to yearn for something heavenly. When the eye looks to earthly desires the whole body begins to be filled with a hunger for those desires. When it looks toward heavenly aims, the whole body is filled with light. A heart that is constantly focused on amounting more wealth is never satisfied; it finds itself constantly in need and rarely in a place of rest or contentment. This heart never finds a place free of bills, debt, or extra work for extra toys. It’s a cycle that perpetually repeats itself. In the same way, an eye that is fixed upon power and prestige is constantly operating out of selfish ambition and pride. The gaze of the eye dictates the condition of the heart; from the heart, our actions follow.
Matthew 6 continues on to say, “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things will be added unto you.” When the gaze of your eye is fixed on the Kingdom, we are assured that regardless of the unknown, we will find our self in favorable places. God has an amazing plan for your life! More than that, He has an amazing financial plan for you!
You see career and finances go hand in hand. The need for a financial plan, monetary security, sucess or fortune, often effects the career choices we make and it limits our risk taking.
When following God and being led by the Spirit, will you always know where the money will come from? No. Will you know what the exact next step will be, most of the time? No. But walking forward, eyes fixed on the Lord, knowing that He is good and His intention for us is always favorable, you will find yourself in the place for which you were intended.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight. (proverbs 3:5-6)
In that place of trust there is peace, provision, joy, fulfillment, and a heart that is positioned to fellowship with the Lord and His instruction.
So, what’s the plan? In a manner of speaking, there is no plan, the plan is to trust that He cares for His children. That He considers them more important than the lillies (Matthew 6:28), that their purpose is essential to Him and if He placed them where they are then He will take care of them so that they can stay there. You don’t have to take matters into your own hands. You are in a position to trust that He cares for you, that He loves you, and that He desires good things for you. If that is His fundamental intention for your life, following Him into the unknown places that don’t make sense, into the risks, into the places that bring fulfillment rather than financial gain, requires little thought. In understanding His goodness, you can trust His faithfulness. There is no plan apart from Him. “For in him we live and move and have our being….” (Acts 17:28). The plan is to fix our eyes on Him, to seek the Kingdom first, and to believe His word.