“But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.”1 Timothy 6:6-8
It is important that as Christians we are thankful for what we have. Sadly, we live in a world that is given over to greed. Many people desire the latest fad and the most up to date thing on the market. This culture of greed and consumerism can easily overtake the Christian. Being satisfied with what we have is just one of many ways that separate the Christian from the non-believing world. It is a good witness to family, friends and the community if we are happy with what the Lord has provided for us. We may not live in a large house. We may not have the latest smartphone or the latest fashion, but we are complete in Christ.
The teaching in the Bible verse above is very simple. If we have food, clothing and basic necessity we have everything we need. We don’t need the latest thing to be satisfied. We don’t need to keep up with the rest of the world. There is nothing sinful in having nice things, but if that is what we live for and focus on then that is problematic to the Christian. Real and lasting fulfilment and joy comes from knowing the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour. Here are some questions to help you address this area of the Christian life.
1. Does your financial history reflect biblical principles of low debt and modest living?
2. Has your personal debt damaged your witness?
3. Do you lust and crave after earthly things that are just for luxury?
4. Are you willing to live with less money and material things in order to have a more God honouring life?
5. Are your financial worries putting a strain on your family, friends and church?
Can you say truly that Christ is the center of your life? Have you fervently prayed about your financial direction in this ever-growing world of materialism? Don’t ignore God’s conviction in this very important area of life. Remember what the Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy, ”For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” (1 Timothy 6:10). It is no coincidence that the more people have the more miserable they become. Take the time to consider the important points raised above in the light of biblical truth.