“If I were a rich man,
Ya ha deedle deedle, bubba bubba deedle deedle dum.
All day long I’d biddy biddy bum.
If I were a wealthy man.
I wouldn’t have to work hard.
Ya ha deedle deedle, bubba bubba deedle deedle dum.
If I were a biddy biddy rich,
Yidle-diddle-didle-didle man”
from Fiddler on the Roof

Got that song in your head now? I’d apologize if it wasn’t for the fact that it fits contextually and will probably serve as an incessant reminder of this post, at least for a few hours. I was thinking about the song after inadvertantly humming it the other day in the office, and during my musings, I thought, “If I were rich, I’d keep my job but I’d me way more outspoken about Jesus in the office.” I know, I know, it’s so wrong of me to admit that, and I admit that I too was surprised to have the thought run through my head, and even more surprised that the version of me in my intellect was nodding in agreement.

I took Intellect Jon to one side and pointed out that, if that were really the case, then financial security is an idol because it supercedes Jesus in decision making. Intellect Jon looked at me and nodded some more, and I sensed the impending arrival of the Fail Whale to gobble me up for three days of rumination.

So here I am, three days later, to ask you a question and invite you into the inner dialogue. I left the word “rich” out of the title and replaced it with “????” not because I think rich is a dirty word, but because it might not be financial security for you. It might be a different job, or family, or a change of location or a myriad of other things. But ultimately, the question remains… what is stopping you from radically sharing Christ where you are at today? Whatever it is, give that up and trust Jesus first!

“Seek first the Kingdom of God…”