Money is important to our lives, without question, to exchange our labour, savings and investments for consumables, property and services. We need it to maintain our existences on this world but only up to a point. Money, and the acquisition and expenditure of it, should not and must not dominate our lives.
The reason for this is the temptation of sin. With money, and lots of it, you are able to buy what you desire the most. Instead of getting what you really truly need to do something you are tempted to spend the extra to get the top of the range model instead.
Often you see and hear of even rich people struggling. Wealth appears to be proportional to everything else in their lives as it is for the “common” man. We are all guilty of this though and we don’t often struggle against it when fortune comes our way.
It’s easy to be tempted to go and buy the latest laptop, trade in your car for the latest model, buy those really expensive shoes, eat out at the flashy new restaurant down the road, the list of temptations is endless. The real test is how you respond to a windfall, how you respond to a pay rise, and how you treat yourself.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with treating yourself, enjoying your life, having a nice meal, or buying that latest Xbox game for example but it is all about moderation and necessity. At every turn you should be asking yourself do I really need this thing? Do I really need to travel there? Do I really need this service?
If you can justify it appropriately then there is no reason why you shouldn’t. God doesn’t put on us on this earth to live in rags eating crumbs. Equally so he doesn’t put us on this earth as millionaires living an extravagant lifestyle. He wants you to learn the lessons of life and he doesn’t want you falling into temptation. Temptation leads to sin. Sin leads to misery, pain and suffering and eventually hell if unchecked.
I’m sorry to be blunt about it but that’s the ultimate endgame awaiting those who lack the discipline needed to survive temptation.
My advice is to live frugally and carefully. Recycle and re-use. Live within your means and be contented with it. Spend wisely and appropriately as true need dictates. Invest and slowly build in your future but most of all enjoy life and enjoy serving God.