I love saving money! I’m not sure I’ve conveyed that enough before. Insert wink here.
But one of the most wonderful things about saving money is it can be a form of worship. According to the Bible we are to live debt free.
“Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.”
Romans 13:8 NIV
But the verse doesn’t just say live debt free. It says we are indebted to love one another. That is what our salvation requires.
Looking around you can see material possessions are really a representation of our success. You wear, drive, and live in your success. But God says our success is in loving not in buying.
So how does that translate in our American dream world? How do we step away from pursuing things in favor of people?
1. Do you know God created you in his image?
“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”
Genesis 1:27 NIV
Any amount of things you buy can not achieve greater beauty than that. You are already beautiful. You are created in loves image.
Whether you are struggling with aging, feeling inadequate, or envious know that purchasing things to fix that will only be temporary. Take it to the cross. Ask God what you need to learn in this season. And why he’s allowing you to walk through it. And then ask him to fill those empty places of your heart.
2. Do you really want what you are pursuing?
I remember early in my adult years I found my first grey hair and I did what any normal American woman would do at the time. I ran out and paid, at great reoccurring expense, to have my hair dyed on the off chance someone might see that one grey and think I was -OLD. And as the years went on I enjoyed playing with my look and image until one day God moved in my heart. I looked at the face in the mirror with several greys popping out around it and smiled. I like how I look. I like that I’ve earned these hairs. I like that I match my husband now. I like not dousing my head in chemicals and dealing with the residual smell for several days every few months. AND I LOVE that I have survived long enough to be blessed with grey. My perspective truly shifted and I felt there in my bathroom God’s presence in the work he was doing in my heart. So now when I look in the mirror and see the grey and get tempted to change it I purposely look for someone to love on. Because that is so much more beautiful than perfect hair! And that is what I want to spend my life pursuing.
This is a hard one. Because we are raised in the world, we work in the world, we pay taxes in the world…but this is not our home. I mean ask yourself, how comfortable am I here?
In Mark 12 we read the story of the widows offering. When Jesus watched the offering made he saw rich people putting in great amounts but then a widow came and she gave two small coins.
“Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.””
Mark 12:43-44 NIV
After all the rich people gave they were still rich. Their offering hadn’t really cost them anything. But the widow, she will miss meals to give her offering. She might go hungry for it. She is going without to give.
The widow wasn’t comfortable in this world. And the two coins she had to make her life more comfortable she gave away to follow God’s law. And here I am spending so much I’m in debt? That doesn’t seem like I’m uncomfortable in this world. That seems like I feel right at home. And when people feel at home they let their guard down.
So what do any of these things have to do with saving money? Well if you were at all like me-A LOT. Sometimes we have to move our heart before we can move our wallet and sometimes we realize it’s not a money issue we have…
it’s a heart issue.
So friend do you have a money issue to work on today or a heart issue?
As always friends be blessed and be a blessing.