Saviors will go up to Mount Zion

to rule Mount Esau,

and the kingdom shall be the Lord’s.

Obadiah 21

 

This is the culminating verse from a short visionary book in the Old Testament. It tells of a future time when the world will be totally set free from the death grip of sin. The prophet speaks of the reign of Christ over God’s New Creation. In all of this there is a hopeful promise that people who are following Christ in this world during these times can hold up as a form of beacon that leads us forward. In a way we are like the Israelite children of the exodus. We don’t know the details of today, and we are traveling into the darkness of an uncertain tomorrow. Yet, we have the glory of God going before us, and we can place all of our trust in Christ and in following His calling.

 

In this sense we also enter into Obadiah’s vision. He sees the people of God turning fully to their Lord. He also envisions a time in which God’s people would reject all forms of worldliness and would purposefully set their feet firmly upon the holy ground of God’s true witness, the Lord’s Zion. It is from this basis of righteousness that God’s word of redemption is then spoken clearly and effectively throughout the entire world. In Christ the world finds salvation, and His followers provide the voices that proclaim His gospel of grace, love, and redemption.

 

Although Obadiah was speaking of a time that is still ahead of us in a future chapter in God’s on-going story of restorative relationship with the world, we can enter into an important part of His narrative today. Christ desires for His people to be the saviors who turn to Zion as our true home. This is not the literal hill in Israel; rather, our Zion is found in the place where we are as we renounce the world’s hold upon our hearts and our minds and accept God’s righteous truth and love as our identity. Christ’s Zion is not a place of refuge and escape. Instead, He leads us from there and into the midst of our society and its culture. We are here to bring God’s peace and mercy to souls who are lost. We do this by offering a cup of cool water, by walking the harsh miles with people who are in pain, and by sharing with them the source of the peace that fills our souls with God’s grace.

 

 

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The Lord is exalted, for He dwells on high; He will fill Zion with justice and righteousness, and He will be the stability of your times, abundance of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is Zion’s treasure.

Isaiah 33: 5, 6

 

The term Wealth Acquisition Strategy is used by many people. It generally refers to a plan and a process that is entered into to take the money that someone has and turn it into a significantly greater sum by means of carefully considered and actively managed investments. I submit for consideration the idea that this is not solely the arena of endeavor of the middle class and of the wealthy. In fact, I think that almost everyone engages in some form of this activity.

 

Some people are not so focused on money and its increase; yet, virtually everyone does have a real and a constant interest and concern about where it will come from and how much they will have in order to live as they would desire. However, even greater in importance than gaining wealth and managing its growth is our focus on and commitment to growing more like Christ. In order to do this we need to realize that true security and stability will never be found in the things and the institutions of this world. Although our money is a gift from God, it is not given in direct proportion to our faith or to our righteousness. The most important gifts that God seeks to grant to His people are those of His character and nature.

 

The Lord wants us to seek after Him and to gain deep understanding of His will so that we can touch, handle, and care for our world as He does. Christ leads us to be people who bring justice and righteousness to our daily interaction with others even when we are faced with opposition. The Lord grants to us His bounty, His abundance, of those things which can make a real difference in the lives of others, and He frees us to pour them out on those and that which are broken and hurting. Christ grants knowledge, wisdom, and salvation to His people, and He sends us out to give all of this away with absolutely open hands. At the end of the day there is only one form of wealth that will stand up to the test of eternity and that is the infinite treasure of Christ resident in the hearts of people.