"I know how to be abased and live humbly in straitened circumstances, and I know also how to enjoy plenty and live in abundance... I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." (Phil 4:12-13).
In the previous post I focused on the low—the strength to be humble and lowly in the time of lack. Well, it takes even more strength for one to remain humble in the time of plenty. We must learn to retain that humility, lowliness, and meekness, because this is the nature of the Christ in us. Conditions should not determine our deposition, we must remain Christ in nature no matter what we are facing.
Paul in the scripture above declared that he has some strength that enables him remain in his Christ nature, no matter the condition he finds himself. The strength that we have in Christ is exceedingly great, and no condition (no matter how severe and terrible) is strong enough to break us. And no condition, no matter how luxurious and pleasant, can spoil or corrupt us. This is who we are in Christ, and we are meant to manifest and walk in this reality.
"... He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world." (1John 4:4).
The light that is in you is greater than all the darkness in the world. The darkness in the world cannot put off that light in you. No matter how sweet money is and no matter how convenient wealth is, it cannot utter the divine nature of God in you. You only need to learn to keep your eyes fixed on Christ, and you will always walk by that divine nature. The sweetness of money can only affect your deposition when you take your eyes off Jesus and fix it on the money.
"And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit." (2Cor 3:18).
We are transformed and affected by what we fix our eyes upon. If your eyes is fixed on that power that you have, then its corruption will penetrate into you and change you. But we have a strength from Christ that enables us to keep our eyes fixed on our Lord no matter how enticing it is to look upon another thing. Our gaze on him cannot be broken, for our eyes are firmly fixed.
Many who undergo lack soon begin to see how much they need money, and how better their lives would have been with money. And little by little they are turning their gaze onto money, developing the "love of money", which the Bible says is, "the root of all evil" (1Tim 6:10). Many who are rich soon begin to realize how much their money can get them anything. They realize they can get anything done by their money, as a result their gaze begins to shift from Christ to money. Right there, they become pierced with the corruption of "the love of money".
One can become corrupt whether in lack or in plenty. We are kept pure only by the strength that comes from fixing our eyes on Jesus. It is this strength in Christ that keeps us and preserve us in purity. So we rely on this strength, we boast of our Christ, for in him we can do all things.