Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
When I was a pastor, I always looked forward to my visits to the Senior Adult Ladies Sunday School class. They were a lively bunch with a wonderful sense of humor. Their love for the Lord was obvious, and they genuinely cared for one another and their pastor.
One Sunday morning, I stopped by to catch up on the adventures of Arthur Itis, a character they often joked about. At the time, the church was in the middle of a renovation fund raiser. And they were curious about how things were going and then apologized for their limited ability to help. They were willing to do what they could, but they were on a fixed income.
As I meditated on today’s focus text, the term fixed income came to mind. Those dear Christian ladies had learned how to make do with the little they had and to trust the Lord to make it enough.
Hebrews 13:5 tells us to keep our lives “free from the LOVE of money and be content with what we have.” This passage doesn’t say we should not work to better ourselves or to strive to increase our income. It emphasizes contentment with what we have, however much or how little that might be.
One of the most valuable lessons I learned, albeit late in life, was to live within my means. Cash only. No credit or credit cards.
So many of the things we want today, will be tomorrow’s junk cluttering the garage.
Recently, I tuned into a home shopping channel on TV. They were touting the wonders of landscape lighting. Ten lights for sixty bucks and just $20 per month on easy pay. Like a magnet, the lights were drawing me ever closer to a purchase. My wife asked, “What do you think?” Then I responded, “Looks mighty good. What do you think?” I’m happy to say, we resisted the urge. Then came another deal, too good to pass up. But we did. By the third last chance offer, I had enough, switched channels to free us from that feeling you get when you see something you want, really don’t need, and can’t afford.
“Be content with what you have.” That one statement can save you a lot of trouble and heartache. It’s your ticket to freeing yourself from “the love of money.”
Somewhere along life’s highway we bought into the concept that the pursuit of money and things produces happiness. Admittedly, it helps, but with that pursuit of materialism comes frustration and disappointment. And we miss out on some of the things in life that matter most, like working on our marital relationships, and spending valuable time with our children.
Let’s revisit our text. Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Here we are told WHY we should free ourselves from the love of money and learn to be content with what we have. Because God will never leave us or forsake us.
God’s guaranteed presence in our lives means we will always have enough. He will never leave us, nor forsake us. And if God is with you, then you have all you need. By the way, just for clarification, forsake means abandon. God will never abandon you.
When we love money and things that’s where we are placing our trust.
I am reminded of the scripture we looked at yesterday, Matthew 6:25-26 that concludes with these words from Jesus. “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”
I am convinced that Jesus meant what He said. And that’s not based on blind faith or a Pollyanna naiveté view of scripture. I know it to be true because God has proven the meaning in my life. God delivers on His promises.
Bottom line. Fall out of love with money — and love God. Put your trust in the One who will never leave or forsake you.
For more on this topic, check out this article: The Extent of the Lord’s Forgiveness
Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 2 (April – June) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.