In the book “Money: A User’s Manual” Bob and Rusty Russell report that in 1900 the average person wanted 72 different things and considered 18 of them essential.
Someone repeated the study more recently. The average person wanted 500 things and considered 100 of them essential!
And do you know what? I get it. I’m love modern conveniences too. I reeeeally like air conditioning, microwaves, and Wi-Fi!
But it’s so easy to think that we NEED these things. Instead of thinking they’re extras we think they’re necessities.
But in Hebrews 13:5 we read, “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’” It highlights the fact that contentment is a faith issue. Greed is living like God is a liar—as if he won’t (or can’t) keep his promise to provide for us.
But he can. And he does.
Because he “will never leave you nor forsake you” you don’t need to spend all your blood, sweat and tears making money and amassing stuff. The Lord is your provider. He is trustworthy. And that is enough.
“Keep your life free from the love of money, and be content with what you have…”
By Matthew Ruttan
- NEW VIDEO – Recently I led a 3-part teaching series called “How to simplify your life for God’s glory and your sanity.” I just put together a 12-minute video summary so you can see all the pieces together. You can watch it on YouTube here. Enjoy!