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TitleThe Hidden Life: Living Inside-Out to Release God's Blessing
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Table of Contents
                            Preface
Chapter 1. The Mystery of Fruitfulness
Chapter 2. The Diversity of Spiritual Fruit
Chapter 3. Bearing the Fruit God Has Chosen For Me
Chapter 4. The Need to Slow Down
Chapter 5. Restoring the Biblical View of Reality
Chapter 6. Wild Grapes: Separating Ourselves from the Works of Darkness
Chapter 7. Weeds in the Field: Getting Our Finances in Order
Chapter 8. The Destructive Power of the Tongue
Chapter 9. The Bitterness that Defiles Many
Chapter 10. God is Not a System!
Chapter 11. A Hole in the Wall: Hidden Hypocrisy
Chapter 12. Judging: Our God Given Obligation
Chapter 13. High-Risk Christianity
Chapter 14. The Most Important Decision
Postscript
                        
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The Hidden Life

Bryan Fraser

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HOW RICHES DECEIVE US

I want to list four impacts of hoarding on a Christian's life:

1. Hoarding draws a Christian away from the biblical injunction to live
for today.

"Therefore do not worry, saying, "What shall we eat?' or "What shall we
drink?' or "What shall we wear?' For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For
your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the
kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to
you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its
own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Matthew 6:31-34). Jesus
could hardly have spoken more plainly: Don’t worry about what you will eat,
drink or wear. Seek the Kingdom of God and all of your needs will be supplied.

2. Hoarding dulls the Christian’s spirit towards the call to bear fruit.
“Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the
cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he
becomes unfruitful” (Matthew 13:22). Notice especially how Jesus calls riches
deceitful. Mammon is deceitful because it reverses the role of master and
servant. Do you notice how the world tells us that when we hoard, our money is
working for us. But Jesus says just the opposite. When we hoard, are
serving mammon, not the other way around. Why is that? Because when we
hoard, we never have enough. Ecclesiastes 5:10 says, “Whoever loves money
never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his
income.” Hoarded money chokes the fruitfulness of the word because the owner
becomes obsessed with tending it, growing it and keeping it safe.

Proverbs 23:5 says, “Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for
they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.” The man who
hoards is always worrying that his wealth will do exactly that. Will it be
secure? Will it be stolen? Will it be lost through inflation, business failure,
market crash, or fraud? He has no time to attend to the fruitfulness of the word.
He has stored his wealth where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in
and steal and it demands his full attention.

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3. Hoarding produces fear, anxiety and restlessness

4. Hoarding leads us into an unbiblical attitude of isolation and
independence from God.

Meditation and Response

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and familiar cargo. While I have made a few references to the church body in
this book, I write primarily to the individual Christian. Christian fellowship is a
marvellous gift from God that provides us with encouragement, friendship,
strength and belonging. But just as all gifts of God are potentially subject to
abuse, community can also allow us to hide from ourselves and settle for a
spiritual life of indifference and non-commitment.

It is an easy thing for us to blend into the crowd and merely assume the
appearance of one who has taken up Christ's yoke. No one will ever accuse us
and no law will ever condemn us for mediocrity. The Christian who only looks
after the appearance of his visible life will attract little attention and will draw no
criticism. In community, he has the luxury of keeping the inner man as invisible
as he chooses. As far as all can see, his life is in order, he keeps short accounts
and contributes what is expected of him. Yet in all this he is but a ship puttering
about the safe confines of the harbor, outfitted for an ocean voyage never taken.

Christian discipleship, on the other hand, is synonymous with the
exploration of the perilous and the unknown. Every page of the New Testament
beckons us to challenge the set of realities the world delivers to us and to sail out
of the harbor into uncharted waters. This is our inheritance in Christ. For each
one of us, there is a "runner's high" that God calls us to achieve; that place where
we step out in obedience and walk with God at a level outside of the laws and
economy of this present age. It is in this place and nowhere else that we stand
without contradiction before our God.

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