In today’s society, many of us feel a burden to either be rich, or at least look rich. If you feel pressured to buy a house you can’t really afford, or buy that car that makes you look successful, Jesus offers a great and tough advice.
“Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed, life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” – Luke 12:15 (NIV)
Many of us has fallen into the lie that possession are what defines us.
A wise pastor once said to me, “You need to decide today the lifestyle you want to have in the future. If you become successful financially it will seduce you. It is very powerful, and you’ll find all sorts of ways to justify a better lifestyle.”
He is absolutely correct!
Most of us don’t think about the future in this way, we tend to think very short term. I believe this is a question that you need to take to God. “What level of lifestyle is appropriate for me?” For each of us, the answer will be different. There is nothing wrong with having wealth, it is the attitude both in attaining that wealth and what we do with it when we get it.
The bible says, “The faithful person will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished.” Proverbes 28:20 (NIV
So instead of running the rat race in order to get ahead, focus instead on the one who is our real source of provision, the Lord of all!
He knows what you need.
In fact He says if you put His kingdom first, then all things will be added to you. We need to learn contentment and learn to be constantly thankful to God.