We live in a materialistic society where people chase money. Many spend all their lives collecting and storing it, only to die and leave it behind. Though I believe that we should be financially successful and leave an inheritance for future generations, there must also be a balance. One way to keep this in check is to ask ourselves which occupies more of our thoughts, time, and effort? Acquiring money or living a life pleasing to God?
We’re bombarded with advertising and celebrity lifestyles about money and the next must-have things. These messages about the acquisition of power and money can easily trap us with the wrong attitudes about wealth.
Have you ever asked yourself how much money you need? How would you know if you were successful?
As Christians, we must turn to the Bible to help us navigate this culture of materialism, the pursuit of wealth and our attitude towards possessions.
Though many people would define success as earning lots of money, buying a big house, or getting a great job, the Bible says to be careful about centering our life, purpose, and ideas on the ways of the world.
Look at Romans 12:2, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God”.
It’s also crucial to not make money a god.
Matthew 16:26 says, “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
Lastly, look at Matthew 6:19-21, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
When it comes to your position on money, success, and possessions, ask yourself the following questions:
- What defines success for you?
- How do you know that you have finally become successful?
- How do you feel if others have a lot and you have a little?
- How do you feel when you see others with a lot less than you?
- Is any amount of wealth ever enough?
Our first responsibility should be to things that won’t fade, wear out, be stolen, or used up. So while you work hard to be successful in your finances and other areas of life, be sure that your heavenly values always outweigh earthly values.