Are you worried about your status?
If you’re worried about your status, it could be related to pride. Many people strive for the best in life, but greed is closely linked to status, and status is all about pride. After all, doesn’t “keeping up with the Joneses” prove that you’re just as successful as they are? Maybe you’re wondering:
• What would my friends think if they knew I really couldn’t afford this?
• What if I lose my job and have to sell the house? Will people think I’m a loser?
• Do I dress well enough to fit in?
Financial problems can result from the desire to impress others. Humble people don’t waste time thinking about such matters. They’re comfortable with themselves and free to care for others. They don’t play status games. Humility is rooted in knowing who you are in Christ. He created you in His image with a specific purpose. John the Baptist knew his purpose. He called people to repent in preparation for the coming of Jesus. He said “He (meaning Jesus) must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30) When we understand our purpose, we welcome Christ to increase in our life. Greatness in God’s eyes comes from decreasing, not increasing. That’s not a popular concept in our self-centered world, but it’s only through this process that we enter into the fullness of who we were created to be.
Our unique personality, talents, and gifts are tied to the purpose God appointed for us. So stop worrying about money and what others think about you. Be grateful for who you are and all that you have. Confess your pride, turn to Him and rest in His love.
And if you’re overwhelmed with credit card debt, I recommend Christian Credit Counselors. Their plan will work for you. For more information call the Crown Helpline: 800-722-1976 or online at crown.org/ccc.