I have a confession to make. By nature, I’m not a terribly charitable person. I’m suspicious and cynical. I tend not to believe people when they tell me things. And, I tend to trample over people’s feelings. By nature, I’m really not a nice guy.
But, God reached down and saved me from my ‘nature’ and gave me eternal life. I am grateful beyond words, but I still have that natural man and must continually wrestle with my ‘natural’ instincts. (Although, I’m still not really all that ‘nice’.)
Now, God knows all of my faults and has chosen to help me with some of them by giving me a wife who is the most Godly woman that I know, and she LOVES being charitable. She would give away every dime that we have and dance for joy at the opportunity to do so. Worse, she has all of my money and permission to do anything she wants with it. And, I was the one who gave her that permission.
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Why would I do such a thing?
It’s simple. In the ways of charity – of love that is true – my wife is far wiser than I. There are still times when I grit my teeth when I find situations that require my help. And, I grumble that God would make me give MY time and MY effort and disrupt MY carefully organized life. And, let’s not forget about MY money. God makes me give MY money away!! (argh!)
And, you know what’s worse?
Whenever God gives me something valuable, I know – I just KNOW – that He will ask me to give it away. And, I HATE that!
Oh, did I forget to mention that I’m materialistic, self-centered, ungrateful, unforgiving, stubborn, argumentative and stingy?
Why in the WORLD would my wife marry someone like this? (I tell everyone that my wife is perfect, except for the fact that she’s a poor judge of character.)
I’m just glad that God is infinitely forgiving. God sent His only Son to suffer and die for me, and all that I can do in return… is complain.
Why am I saying all this?
Because you are probably a lot like me.
And, if you’ve done what I have begged you to do, buying as much silver as you can carry and as much gold as you can afford… If you’ve done that, you are going to be rich. In fact, you’ll probably be stinking rich. You’ll be able to buy anything and everything you want.
However, if you are a true Christian and truly seeking to serve the Lord, He will ask you to give it away, and you aren’t going to like it.
Take my own situation as an example. I followed my own advice and took all my money out of my savings. I cashed in my retirement account. I liquidated my 401K (and paid the penalty). I took all the money out of EVERY financial institution, except for what I will need in the immediate future, and… I bought as much silver as I could carry and as much gold as I could afford. It wasn’t a lot, but it will be worth quite a bit when the crash comes. In fact, compared to what will be happening to those around me, I might even be thought of as rich.
But, none of that matters, because I will need to give away most of it. When the financial collapse happens, there will be brothers and sisters in Christ in desperate need and without hope, unless you and I reach out and do everything that we can to help. And, it will probably cost us everything.
And if we don’t, God will ask us why – when we stand before Him.
Do you spend much time thinking about eternity?
You should. What you do now has a direct impact on what eternity will be like. Jesus said this:
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
So, would you like to be REALLY rich? In the life to come? For eternity?
God gave you and me the ability to buy some gold and silver. It was a gift, and God means for it to be used in the right way. And, we need to start right now to be mentally and spiritually ready to use that gift for God’s purposes, no matter how much it hurts. And, it WILL hurt.
So, are you ready to take the gift that you’ve been given, and use it for God?
We have brothers and sisters in Christ, who will be in terrible need when the collapse arrives. They would love to buy gold and silver now, but they cannot. When the crash comes, will you be ready to help?
Is your gold charitable?
note – I am not offering financial or disaster preparation advice in a professional capacity. These are merely my own thoughts on what I would do in these situations.
If you find a flaw in my reasoning, have a question, or wish to add your own viewpoint, leave a comment. Your input is truly welcome.
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