Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” So we can say with confidence, “The LORD is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?” (Hebrews 13:5-6 NLT)
How can we learn to be satisfied with what we have? Strive to live with less rather than desiring more; give away out of your abundance rather than accumulating more; relish what you have rather than resent what you’re missing. We become satisfied when we realize God’s sufficiency for our needs. Christians who become materialistic are saying by their actions that God can’t take care of them—or at least that he won’t take care of them the way they want. Insecurity can lead to the love of money, whether we are rich or poor. The only antidote is to trust God to meet all our needs. See God’s love expressed in what he has provided, and remember that money and possessions will all pass away. (See Philippians 4:11 for more on contentment, and 1 John 2:17 for the futility of earthly desires.)
I grew up in a wealthy home. I always had what my heart desired. How I did not go off the rails is God’s wonder. I have to say, I had have amazing parents. My parents exposed us to all the right things. Excellent family values and great biblical principles.
When we sold the family business, my ego took a huge knock. I had to adapt from being this icon, to being just a “normal” person. How bizarre those words sound now. Yes, I thought I was better than the next person. Absolutely crazy! Let me tell you, possessions and worldly things where my god. I really thought that playing golf in a pair off R5000 shoes actually meant something. The fact is that it means nothing, it’s actually about the person you are.
Then, 3 years ago, I met God. Just as they explain in the Bible, I was born again – given a second chance. Not only did my life change, but I changed as well. Let me just say right now before you think that I believe I am perfect or profess to be, I am far from it. How do you change 50 years of bad habits?
Let me tell you how you try: accept Jesus as your Savior, stay in the Word and apply the Biblical principles. Don’t make money and worldly possessions your god. Another principle in the Bible, “faithful over little, ruler over much”, think about that. That old car you have, look after it.
Be grateful for what you have.
“Lord, I thank you that you humbled me. Make me grateful for what I have. Make me aspire to only glorify You. In Jesus name. Amen.”