Piercing themselves with many griefs

We’ve been talking about idolatry, and how, when many of us hear that word, we think of ancient peoples bowing down to man-made statues.

But our understanding of idolatry is often too narrow. Here’s how I think of it: Idolatry is giving first place priority to something or someone who isn’t God.

With that definition in mind, a lot of things can turn into idols. Your popularity, work, grades or ego can become an idol!

So what we’re doing is asking ourselves some tough questions in the interest of discerning whatever idols we might have. (You can read Monday’s question here, and Wednesday’s here.)

Here’s the third:

How do you spend your money?

I know, I know. It’s always touchy whenever we talk about money. But how you spend your money often reveals your (actual) priorities.

Granted, a lot of you have bills to pay and other commitments. I get that. But what are your spending patterns? Are there trends which reveal an allegiance to a certain priority or thing? Is there a trend of discounting God and his work when it comes to how you spend your money? Do you consider your money a gift from God to be used wisely, or a personal possession to be used however you please?

I remember hearing a pastor who said that if you wanted to see the spiritual condition of his heart, don’t look at how well his Bible is marked up with notes and underlines; look at his bank account.

In 1 Timothy 6:10 Paul says, “Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”

I know this is tough. But remember that discovering and tearing down your idols is ultimately a good thing that gives you greater freedom.

Be honest. How do you spend your money? 

By Matthew Ruttan

  • As I announced on Tuesday, my new book “Up! – 313 Devotionals To Help You Start Your Day in a Biblical, Relevant Way” can now be purchased on Amazon here! And you can get the Kindle edition here. If you’re in America, go here.
  • On Sunday, November 4, 11 and 18, you can buy it in person at Westminster Church in Barrie (the church I pastor) after the morning service for $15 CDN.

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