Jun 14, 2013 Words of Grace – J.I. Packer on Money and Weakness
J.I. Packer says:
“Many view money as a kind of magic: the more they have of it, the more they want; the more doors they expect it to open for them; and, not surprisingly perhaps, the more reluctant they are to part with any of it. The waking dream of ever-greater wealth grips their hearts like a vice. Why? Because, while they think of poverty and limited resources as signs of inadequacy and weakness, they look on wealth as a source of stability and strength.” (1)
Packer makes the connection between money and perceived strength and weakness. Having more money makes us feel strong while having less money makes us feel weak. The disciple of Jesus, however, understands that weakness is the way, and that in our weakness we experience the grace and power of Christ. The disciple dismantles the idol of money without being left feeling weak and inadequate.
It was in the context of being content with his financial situation that the Apostle Paul said, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:13). Here again, we find the principle that in weakness (this time financial weakness), we can be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
(1) J.I. Packer, Weakness Is the Way, Crossway, pg. 56