Financial Sin – Day 3
Is your hope in God or money?
Do you realize selfishness is a financial sin? Spending everything on ourselves hurts others which ultimately affects us.
Solomon said: “There’s a grievous evil that I’ve seen under the sun: riches were kept by their owner to his hurt, and those riches were lost in a bad venture. And he is father of a son, but he has nothing in his hand.” (Ecclesiastes 5:13-15)
We live in a time of unparalleled opportunity. Yet, people are unable to control their spending. They spend more than they earn and financial anxiety robs them of a good night’s sleep.
It’s a major problem. And, one we should NOT have in the body of Christ. Of all people, we should be self-controlled, content and grateful.
When we recognize that all we have is from God, we can give as a form of worship. Selfishness subsides when we look to the Lord.
Now, how about arrogance? Accumulating money can make us think too highly of ourselves.
My brother was invited to dinner at a wealthy doctor’s home. He knew the man and his great generosity, but he just assumed he lived in an expensive neighborhood.
When he arrived for dinner, he thought he had the wrong address. Then, the doctor and his children emerged from their humble home and welcomed him in. Living below his means allowed the doctor to give to those less fortunate.
Paul wrote Timothy: “As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.” (1 Timothy 6:17)
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