Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Materialism

I wrote this post about six weeks ago. Ran across a quote earlier today, and it got the wheels turning again...

“When I have money, I get rid of it quickly, lest it find a way into my heart.” - John Wesley

Not quite sure how I feel about that. I guess I look at money as a means to an end: having some in savings means that we can be breathe a bit easier, being somewhat prepared for whatever the future may hold. But I also know that the Lord will meet all our needs. So are our needs being met through our planning, or are we actually getting in the way of some miracle that's in store?

Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless. Ecclesiastes 5:10

No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money. Matthew 6:24

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?" Hebrews 13:5-6

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. I Timothy 6:10

I'm not saying that we're suddenly going to be liquidating all our assets (wow, doesn't that sound grand, LOL!) but I just want to make sure that our hearts are in the right place. That we're doing the right thing - as Christians, not "good Americans." I don't think that it's a sin to have things (or money in the bank) but I also know that I need to rest in my Savior, not on my own strength. On the other hand, I think there are some people that also love the idea of thriftiness a bit too much, and that becomes a god for them. "Did you see how much I got for just thirty seven cents?!?" More stuff to ponder...

4 comments:

Pepperpot said...

Good stuff Trish. I think we always have to be careful of anything that we fixate on at the expense of all else. I had a friend once whom I gently asked if she were making an idol out of trying to get pregnant. It's so easy to get 'caught up,' and forget that we aren't in charge. :)

Dapoppins said...

Ecc 5:10 hit home for me...never have enough money, it seems. And I do have too much stuff!

Jeff & Meg said...

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In Pursuit of His Call said...

I think your conclusion is right on..."I need to rest in my Savior, not on my own strength." Whether we choose to give all our money away or put some away, it is about resting in our Savior. It is trusting Him to use our money wisely as well as trusting in His faithful provisions. In addition, whether we use our money, give it away, or save it, it is all still planning and our planning should be done under the authority of our God; lifting our desires and plans to Him in prayer for it is only by God's perfect plan that our plans either fail or succeed.

"May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed." (Psalm 20:4)

"The LORD foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.

But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations." (Psalm 33:10, 11)