The old Beatles song Can’t Buy Me Love goes like this: I’ll buy you a diamond ring, my friend. If it makes you feel all right. I’ll get you anything, my friend. If it makes you feel all right. ‘Cause I don’t care too much for money. For money can’t buy me, love. Another thing we can’t buy is “blessings” from God. The contentment we get from God is a true blessing in life, which means at our core we are very happy and content with what God is doing in our lives. This peace that passes all understanding is more precious than anything else in the world because it defines who we are and who is in charge of our life. When God is our sustenance, then we are tapping into an all new realm of thinking and understanding, and what turns the crank of a lost and dying world is NOT what turns my crank. God is my source of love, joy, peace, and all the other things that come with a deep, spirit-filled relationship with Him. So… money can’t buy me, love!!!
In the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5: 5 Jesus put it out there like this. 5 “You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.
It’s amazing how much God changes our priorities in life when we connect with His great blessing of “life with Christ.” A daily walk with the Savior of the World and daily empowerment to live that life with the power of the Holy Spirit in us and filling us is the connection we need for the “blessed” life. The story of famed coach Jim Valvano illustrates this well. Suffering from terminal spinal cancer at the age or 47, former North Carolina State basketball coach Jim Valvano spoke with a reporter. He looked back on his life and told a story about himself as a 23-year-old coach of a small college team. “Why is winning so important to you?” the players asked Valvano. “Because the final score defines you,” he said, “You lose, ergo, you’re a loser. You win, ergo, you’re a winner.” “No,” the players insisted. “Participation is what matters. Trying your best, regardless of whether you win or lose — that’s what defines you.” It took 24 more years of living. It took the coach bolting up from the mattress three or four times a night with his T-shirt soaked with sweat and his teeth rattling from the fever chill of chemotherapy and the terror of seeing himself die repeatedly in his dreams. It took all that for him to say it: “Those kids were right. It’s the effort, not result. It’s trying. God, what a great human being I could have been if I’d had this awareness back then.”
We don’ t have to wait 24 years to discover what Jesus shared in the Sermon on the Mount. Just read it and accept it as a pure truth for your life direction and He will take care of the rest. We have an identity in Christ. It is more precious than any money could ever buy, so money can’t buy me love or anything else. My relationship with Jesus is all I need. True contentment as we live in the arms of our true Abba Father. The Great I am!!!
The Pilgrimage continues…