“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”” (Hebrews 13:5 NIV)
We live in a world of discontent. It seems that no one is satisfied with what they have. My dad often said, “The rich get richer and the poor get poorer.” There is nothing wrong with being rich (which may be a matter of perspective). Also, there is nothing wrong with the poor wanting to better themselves so that can have more. God has given us the ability to work so that we can improve our status in life.
As I looked at “POWERBALL” today, the total winning would be half a billion dollars ($550 million). For many that sounds like an easy way to go from being poor to being rich. I heard someone say that statistically you have a better chance of finding the winning ticket on the sidewalk than buying it. Yet some would say, “someone’s going to win it why not me?” But the verse above doesn’t tell us not to gamble but to keep our lives free from the love of money.
Jesus says, ““No one can be a slave of two masters, since either he will hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot be slaves of God and of money.” (Matthew 6:24 HCSB) You see it’s the love (strong desire) of getting rich and having more and more stuff that allures us away from following God. As Christians, we “should keep our lives free from the love of money.”
So if we are free from the love of money, where does that leave us? Being content with what we have. This is the hard part because the world around us says, “Keep up with the Jones” (whoever they are). God wants us to rely on him for our needs. He is the one who promised that he would never leave us or forsake us. That doesn’t say that we shouldn’t work to get more. But how much more is enough? Is the accumulation of things claiming all of your attention and what money you do have? Is getting rich quick the answer to your problems? Don’t get me wrong, this is not an anti-gambling post but it is about being content. Don’t let the world dictate what you need to have to be rich in the Lord. Trust God for your daily supply and plan for the future.
One last thing to remember, “But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these. But those who want to be rich fall into temptation, a trap, and many foolish and harmful desires, which plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and by craving it, some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains.” (1 Timothy 6:8-10 HCSB) Don’t fall for the “get rich quick” schemes of the world but be content with what you have. That’s my point for today.