Investing confidence in financial or materialistic things robs you from the freedom Christ died to bring.
Don’t get me wrong, having or desiring really nice things are not always a bad thing. While I say that, it’s imperative you sustain an awareness of it not taking root and becoming a heart issue.
” Matthew 6:24
Keep in check where your driving factors come from:
– Does it drive you closer to Jesus, or dig the hole deeper into sin?
– Does it drive you to work hard to convince people you’re happy, when reality is you’re nothing but empty?
– Does it drive you to be selfish in places you should be selfless?
– Does it drive dependence in the world or on the One who created the world?
It’s important to keep tabs on the places you find your deepest drive in selfishness. It’s in those places that God is trying to show you that there is something in you that needs to be humbled and renewed.
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21
The scary thing about glorifying our lives with worldly things is you end up preaching the wrong gospel.
You proudly preach, “look at me – then you’ll be happy”. By this people start to believe success, money, travel, and materialism really will satisfy.
Reality is, it’s nothing but a massive lie because we know the truth is this world can never satisfy.
“Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless.” Ecclesiastes 5:10
Don’t let materialism manipulate you
Instead, we should be more proud to say, “look at what Jesus has done for me, within me, and what He can also do for you – so you can find freedom too”.
I had my own fair share of battles with financial status and security. It became an ugly idol. This idol conformed my identity to the likeliness of the world, and made me my own enemy.
I was driven to have my dream car (Explorer) because it looked like a Range Rover.
I was driven to go back to school to become a Nurse Practitioner for better hours and higher salary.
I was driven to believe going on fun trips would give me the opportunity to escape problems or things I was avoiding.
I was driven not to tithe because I was so worried about building a significant financial security blanket, yet I made sure to have money for things I deemed “worthy” – superficially.
What a stab, worthy. Isn’t is sad how easily we find ourselves just so entitled and worthy. Truth is, we deserve absolutely nothing, but our Savior gave us everything.
How is it that I could be so consumed in doing what was “best for me” while I completely neglected praising my savior for how HE blessed me.
He blessed me so I could bless others, not to live for self.
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.“ Malachi 3:10
While sometimes having and doing nice things can be fun or de-stressing, I allowed myself to get carried away to fill the void of needing Jesus.
I started tithing. I sold my dream car. I withdrew from NP school. I moved to the suburbs, and gave up city life.
When my paycheck comes, my first 10% is now immediately tithed before any other financial obligation – no matter how scary it may seem. I can affirm without a doubt God will provide and bless me. Scripture says so.
He knew I didn’t need the fancy car. He knew I wasn’t meant to be a NP, but instead, He wanted me to pursue ministry. He knew I didn’t need a high-rise because He wanted me to have an extra room to better serve HIS people who may have a need.
I gave up several material things that were significantly driving me, and today I feel freer then free.
My prayer is that you too will search your heart, and ask Him to reveal if there’s anything that could use a little “less of me”.
Trust me, God has no problem giving us a dose of humility. God convicts us each differently, but longs to do it lovingly – to give you freedom.
Let’s spend less time making our lives look pretty, and instead make our hearts and how we steward others pretty.
Be financially free and trust God will make you rich by the grace of His promises.
“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.’” Hebrews 13:5