Better late than never, right? Seriously, I apologize for getting this up so late. The struggle is real being on this side of the world and visiting family and such, so thanks for being so understanding! Anyway, today, we will look at being content with with what God has given us.
The world is designed to develop discontentment within us. I mean, every year there is a new iPhone, a new model of car and the commercials are screaming at us to buy the newest and best thing out there!
The Bible tells us to not be lazy and to work for our money, but it also tells us wealth is a blessing from God, and we should be good stewards of the money God gives us. How do we balance these and discontentment at the same time?
Really, it is our motive behind the money that gets us into trouble. Is it for your own financial gains or personal acknowledgement or do you use the money you have been given to bring glory to God? Do you use it to help people in need or are your using it to keep up with the Jones (or Kardashians, whichever you choose)? Are you seeking security in money rather than in God Himself? Don’t fall into the trap of discontentment of not having enough. Instead, realize what you have is a blessing from God.
Hebrews 13:5-6, “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you or forsake you.’ So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?'”
What It Tells Us:
Temptation in this sense can come at any time, so we need to always be on guard to keep our life free from the love of money. Being content means being happy with what God has given you. Happiness with what you have means not comparing what you have to what others have. It is often a daily struggle to be content with what we have. It also takes having a Biblical perspective to keep your eyes confidently on the fulfillment, which can only come from God.
In order to battle this contentment daily:
- First of all, remember everything we have been given is on loan from God. God owns everything He has given us, and we need to keep this perspective in the forefront of our mind.
- Also, invest your money where you want your heart to be. If you invest your money in Godly things, your heart will be on Godly things, and if you invest your money in Godly things, you will not have to be in constant fear of whether or not your money will fail. You will be confident your money has been invested wisely.
- Furthermore, realize you can’t take your money with you. When you die, your money will not go with you nor will all the things you have bought on this earth. Money is as temporary as our life on this Earth.
- Finally, give. Give to further God’s purposes on this Earth. Give to share the Gospel.
God, thank you for everything you have entrusted me with. Help me to remember You have given me everything I have. I have done nothing to earn it. In addition, show me how to invest my money in things that will grow my heart more and more for You. Help me to keep focused on You and not my possessions. Show me how to give my money generously where You guide me to do so. I want to keep focused on You and not be distracted by the things You have given me. In Jesus’s Name, Amen.
Let’s start 2017 off right and get our minds on the right track with our financials. How do you need to be in prayer and consider what God is asking you to do with your money and possessions?
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