Why do we need so much stuff? What do we get out of it? What is it really costing us? Where is the line? Is there a line? When does one go from lower to middle class, and from middle class to upper? If it’s all really God’s and I’m just a steward, do I act like it, or deep down do I really think it’s all mine? Is it really all mine? Am I generous? Why be generous? How much can I keep and use for me and still be generous? Do I have to tithe? Who’s happier, the rich or poor, or those in-between? If Christians are required to remember the poor, what qualifies as poor? How should good parents handle money and “stuff” with their kids? Does God have plans for “my” money? Does God require me to handle my wealth (or the lack thereof) in a specific way in order to get to heaven?
The Bible has more than 2,000 verses that deal with money or material possessions in one way or another. There are only 1,189 chapters in the Bible, so there are around two verses related to money and “stuff” for every chapter. That’s a lot! It’s obviously an important subject to God. Most are familiar with 1Timothy 6:10, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils….” But, the Bible also says, “Both riches and honor come from [God]…” (1Chonicles 29:12a). Which is it? Is it both? This is the source of our trouble. There’s nothing wrong with money or “stuff,” but the love of it will destroy your life and others’ and pave the way to hell!
It’s the time of year we call the Holidays in America—arguably the most materialistic time of year. It’s also my favorite time of year. What does that say about me? I don’t know for sure, but I don’t think I’m materialistic. I’ll be thinking about that as deeply and honestly as I can over the next several weeks. I hope you’ll join me. This time of year is the worst for some people, and with most of them I think the reason is money. That’s sad, but does it have to be that way? Between now and the end of the year I intend to write about all the tough questions above. I hope you have very happy holidays this year. I hope they’re filled with blessings both spiritual and material. As you are blessed, I hope you’ll read what I write and join me in thinking on “things.”