I want to be rich, there I said it. We have all thought it. I read a quote once that said something to the affect of, “ God wants you to have a rich life, but if you are not careful, you will settle for money instead”.
Hebrews 13:5 says, “5 Keep your life free from the love of money. Be satisfied with what you have, for he himself has said, I will never leave you or abandon you.
Money is not the root of all evil, the unchecked love of money is the root of evil. To be fair, money is not spiritually good or bad. It is spiritually neutral. There are many examples in the Bible and in life of wealthy people that have used their money in a way that has blessed many others. If you are wealthy don’t apologize for that use it in a way to bless people (and send me an email if you need help).
The writer of Hebrews says, “Keep your life free from the love of money”. This is a lofty challenge but the next part of the verse is a greater challenge, be satisfied with what you have. We live in a culture that always wants more. There is always a newer iphone, larger TV, or better mouse trap. Most of the things we could not live without 5 years ago, are obsolete today. This passage teaches us about being content with the what we have, because of the promises of God. He will never leave you or abandon you. If you have Jesus you have everything you need, if you don’t have Jesus in your life nothing else really matters.
The great theologian and country music singer Chris Janson says money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy you a boat, a truck, a yeti, and a few other things.
Can I challenge you to be content in Christ today ? Look around you house, your family, look through the photos on your old iphone and be thankful for the blessings of God in your life