I do need an income in order to continue to work on Biblefox. I need to support myself, my wife, and my upcoming baby, and I need to live in such a way that I am not a burden on people, but I can give to people. At the same time I want to continue working on Biblefox.
Jesus said not to “lay up treasures for yourselves on the earth… for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Mt 6:19-21).
24 “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other; or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You can’t serve both God and Mammon. 25 Therefore I tell you, don’t be anxious for your life: what you will eat, or what you will drink; nor yet for your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 See the birds of the sky, that they don’t sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns. Your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you of much more value than they?
27 “Which of you, by being anxious, can add one momentto his lifespan? 28 Why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow. They don’t toil, neither do they spin, 29 yet I tell you that even Solomon in all his glory was not dressed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today exists, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, won’t he much more clothe you, you of little faith?
31 “Therefore don’t be anxious, saying, ‘What will we eat?’, ‘What will we drink?’ or, ‘With what will we be clothed?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first God’s Kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore don’t be anxious for tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Each day’s own evil is sufficient.
What a powerful passage, which strikes me again and again. Do not worry about tomorrow! And do not worry about money! God will provide.
Sometimes I feel like God will provide if I am walking in His will, but if I leave, I’m in trouble. But that’s not what Jesus says. He says simply that God will provide. We don’t follow Him because we fear punishment. Through Christ, we have already escaped punishment. Now we serve God out of love!
Because I love His Word, and because I love sharing it with others, and because I want others to be able to study it freely, I began making Biblefox. I must admit, though, that I primarily create Biblefox for myself – to feed my own passion for the Bible and further my own studies. I believe God honors that though. He likes that I want to study His Word. He loves it when I seek him with all my might.
“But seek first God’s Kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things will be given to you as well.”
By working on Biblefox, I am seeking God’s Kingdom first, and his righteousness. I want to know Him and be transformed by Him. He will provide everything I need to continue.
Of course, the Kingdom of God includes many, many people. And so, I want to make my tools as helpful to the community of believers as possible. My first year of Biblefox development was done mostly in isolation. I was working on my own ideas to reach my own goals for the site. As I begin my second year of development, I want to develop more in community with other believers. I want to know what will help their bible studies. And I want to help others who are working on creating tools to help study the Bible, from engineers writing code to pastors who are writing blogs.