“Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He Himself has said, I will not in any in any way fail your nor give you up nor leave you without support. I will not, I will not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let you down (relax My hold on you! Assuredly not!
So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently and boldly say, The Lord is my Helper; I will not be seized with alarm, I will not fear or dread or be terrified. What can man do to me? (Hebrews 13:5-6)
There is nothing more liberating than having absolute trust and faith in God and His ability and willingness to take care of all your needs–spiritual, emotional and physical. A life walking in complete trust and faith in God is truly free.
Paul was speaking Hebrews about spiritual maturity. The only way to get to this place of trust is to have an intimate and trusting relationship with God. There is no other way. The pull and draw of this world is so strong that if your walk with God is not anchored, you will get caught up in the pride of life…all the trappings of success without God at the center. That is a really lonely place. You see it in the lives of celebrities all the time.
Christians living in this freedom can be living in the most inhumane circumstances but they have found that place of freedom in God where they are truly content because He is the center of their world. When you look around at what you have–your stuff–you have to count it all as dung. That is what the Apostle Paul said. It is all going to burn up anyway. Jesus told us to store up our treasures in heaven, not on this earth. This is done in the place of freedom–in that intimate and trusting relationship that is built day by day and moment by moment.