Fame. Fortune. Power. These are the things humans fight for, strive for, and live for. Not only do we as Christians know who raises up kingdoms and discards kings, but we also should know what we are to strive for.
We are told that the “love of money is the root of all evil” (1 Tim 6:10) and that “if riches increase, set not your heart upon them” (Psalm 62:10) and that all blessings come from God. Besides striving to know our Creator and to know our purpose in this life, what exactly should we live for?
The Apostle Paul, a man that definitely didn’t ever know peace, thought best that we should strive for a quiet life. A peaceful life. A life where our personal testimony could be shining to everyone.
The only way to do this is to do our own work, mind our own business and to be dependent on no one else. If we have the means and wherewithal we should strive for that life. If we have control of our lives from those few things we can control: our work, our affairs and our finances, then we are able to allow God to take care of the rest. He can show us our purpose much more easily.
However, if our life is constantly filled with tumult and strife and worry, how are we ever to be a vessel for Him.