Guest Posted October 21, 2018 Report Share Posted October 21, 2018 I've been taking another self-reliance course (one of the 12-week courses recently published by the Church). This one was "Personal Finance". In the first lesson, we were asked the question: Quote How does faith in Jesus Christ encourage us to become self-reliant? We were asked to ponder it rather than discuss it. But a thought came to me. Faith in Christ means that we are willing to become completely dependent on him. That is paradoxical with the notion of self-reliance being faith based. What's up with that? I brought up the topic to my family during a family council. The response was unanimously the same from each of them: Quote If we have faith in Jesus Christ, we will want to serve others. We cannot serve others from a position of weakness ourselves. We must be strong enough to lift others up. While I understood the concept and accepted that it held some truth, something about this didn't seem to ring true to me. It didn't really answer the question. My family wondered what the "correct answer" was --- as if I had an answer in mind already. I had to inform them that I really had no idea. And I was having trouble figuring it out myself. During our class this week, something else was said. Just a word or two different that changed the course of my thoughts on the matter. What is self-reliance? It means you can rely on yourself. Most people think it is "self-sufficiency" or "independent" which aren't necessarily the same thing. Then I got to pondering all these concepts around the concept of faith. Here's what I came up with. And I'd invite people to weigh in on it to see if it rings true. ********************************************* There really is no such thing as completely capable within oneself. Even in financial matters, one does not make money in a vacuum. I run my own business. And I'm getting more and more successful. But I'm still dependent upon my clients, the economy, society at large, the government, etc. While it is certainly not the same thing as being on the dole and completely dependent upon the government, I'm still dependent in a manner. Faith in the Lord changes only one thing. On whom are we dependent? If I have true faith in the Lord, it is not clients or government or society that makes or breaks my financial success. It is the Lord. No matter what door is closed by man, the Lord can open another. That is the way of things. By having faith in the Lord for all things, I do His will, rather than the will of men. And I am successful. Yes, one could argue that for the Lord to bless me in business, He expects me to do the will of the customer. That is true. This reality doesn't change. But the perspective does. I do it because the Lord wants me to do certain things that will serve other men (service of your fellow beings). I don't serve them because it is somehow my responsibility to satisfy their whims and their lusts or egos. I do it because I'm serving my fellow man. And I'm encouraged to do the best job I can because I'm doing it in the name of the Lord. I do the will of the Lord and the Lord blesses me. This is dependable. I can RELY on the Lord. Can I really "rely" on government? My clients? Man? No. If I can't rely on them and I am dependent on them, am I self-reliant? No. But because I CAN rely on the Lord, I can be self-reliant if I am dependent upon Him. Why? Quote I, the Lord, am bound when ye do what I say. But when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise. I am self-reliant because I depend on the Lord and not man. And His promises are sure. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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