To that point, I would like to ask a number of rhetorical questions:
What if the church stopped thinking about itself? What if money was no object? What if instead of chasing wealth, and possessions, and security, and every other idol we've been attending to and been encouraged to pursue, even by the church, we started chasing after Christ? What if our decisions weren't about the money? What if our focus wasn't ourselves? What would this world look like?
If you've ever sat and wondered at the atrocities that evil men commit everyday on other human beings and asked yourself, "how can people tolerate this?" "How can a world so full of wealth still be so poor?", stop for a moment and ask yourself, "what have I done to make this world a better place?" "Have I run with endurance the race that is set before me?" "Have I fought the good fight?"
As N. T. Wright pens, in his discussion of the purpose of the church, "The church exists, in other words, for what we sometimes call “mission”: to announce to the world that Jesus is its Lord. This is the “good news,” and when it is announced, it transforms people and societies. Mission, in its widest as well as its more focused senses, is the purpose of the church, the reason it exists in the world. God intends to put the world to rights; God has dramatically launched this project in and through Jesus. Those who belong to Jesus are called, here and now, in the power of the Spirit, to be agents of that putting-to-rights purpose" (Wright, Simply Christian, 2006 London: SPCK; San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco). If our goal as believers is to be the hands and feet of Christ in this world, does it not follow that we should live in accordance with that purpose?
Christian, if you spend your life seeking your own assurance, and your own security, through a career, through possessions, or even through perceived "holiness", you will never know what it means to fully live for Christ, to know his provision, and to understand His wisdom. "Therefore, I URGE you, brothers and sisters, in view of Gods mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God--this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what is God's will--His good and perfect will."
Keep the faith,