Hebrews 13:5 tells us not to love money, but be content with what we have. If you ask a person whether he or she loves money, most would probably say they do not, but will begin to explain why they need money. You will hear examples such as mortgages, utilities, food, and car note to name a few. But when we look closely at the things we willingly go into debt for, the answer to the original question may need to change. How much house do you need? Where do you shop for groceries? What model car do you drive? If one’s pleasure is derived from having to have the “best” of everything, the way you look at money will ultimately change. Individuals will work harder and longer to make the money necessary to keep up with a lifestyle that can become over-indulgent; a lifestyle that is beyond what is actually needed to be comfortable. When this happens, there is usually little time for God, for family, or for rest. Finding contentment in the things we have been blessed with is a command we sometimes find hard to comply with. We all want what we believe to be the best for our self and our family, and we often justify or prove this point based on monetary values. In real life, our contentment will come when we put God first in our lives, when we raise our families with reverence to God and obedience to his precepts, and when we learn to thank God for all that we do have instead of pining for the things we don’t. So what if you have a 3BR, 1/5 bath home with on street parking instead of a 5BR, 5bath, home with a 3-car garage. So what if you shop at Aldi’s instead of Whole Foods, So what if you like the things at the consignment shop instead of Nordstrom’s…..well, you get the picture!
I believe the prosperity teaching has caused lots of people to believe money is the end all for all things in life. That is not true! God promises to always be there for us when we depend on Him. He promises to never leave us nor forsake us. That is truly something money cannot buy!