The Currency of Faith

1 John 2:15-17

15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. The love of the Father is not in those who love the world; 16 for all that is in the world—the desire of the flesh, the desire of the eyes, the pride in riches—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 And the world and its desire are passing away, but those who do the will of God live forever.”  NRSV

The author of 1 John draws a sharp distinction between the things of this world and the will of God, what others call the kingdom of God, or reign of God. For where God reigns, God’s will prevails. The difference between these two realms, the world’s and God’s, is the value system upon which each one is established.

The world’s value system is based on power and possessions. God’s value system is based on love and relationships. God’s value system is far less tangible than the world’s value system. That’s why “faith” is the required currency of God’s realm. The more faith you have, the more tangible love and relationships become. Through the currency of faith, one sees the ultimate poverty of power and possessions held dear by the world.

Jesus told us faith the size of a mustard seed can move a mountain. Power and possessions can only destroy one.

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