What is the purpose of a tool, is it to make life easier or harder? I think the answers seems to be pretty obvious. It is to make life easier.
The way we handle our finances is an indicator of what is inside our hearts. Show me your bank statement and I’ll tell you what kind of a person you are. The way we spend money and the way we handle it, tells much if we are using the money in the right manner or in wrong manner.
This reminded of me of a story of a rich man. There was a man who had worked all of his life and had saved all of his money. He was a real miser when it came to his money. He loved money more than just about anything, and just before he died, he said to his wife, "Now listen, when I die, I want you to take all my money and place it in the casket with me. I wanna take my money to the afterlife."
So he got his wife to promise him with all her heart that when he died, she would put all the money in the casket with him.
Well, one day he died. He was stretched out in the casket, the wife was sitting there in black next to her closest friend. When they finished the ceremony, just before the undertakers got ready to close the casket, the wife said "Wait just a minute!" she had a shoe box with her, she came over with the box and placed it in the casket.
Then the undertakers locked the casket down and rolled it away.
Her friend said, "I hope you weren't crazy enough to put all that money in the casket."
She said, "Yes, I promised. I'm a good christian, I can't lie. I promised him that I was going to put that money in that casket with him."
"You mean to tell me you put every cent of his money in the casket with him?"
"I sure did, " said the wife. "I got it all together, put it into my account and I wrote him a check."
We need to understand that money is just a tool. It is to make our life easier and better. For example, what is the purpose of a chair? A chair is use for sitting. What if there was a big typhoon? Since you did not bring any umbrella, you used the chair as an umbrella. Aside from the fact that it will be ineffective. How do you think you will look like? Definitely funny! Because we are using the chair for the wrong purpose.
So now let me ask you a question. How would we know if you are using our money the right manner or the wrong manner? If the money we are making is making our life easier and better it means to say that we are using the money the right way. But if the money we are making is making our life harder and difficult it means to say that we are using the money the wrong way.
My hope is that our financial decisions will be based on being content with the basics, food, clothing and shelter. Wait patiently for the right time to come for the things that we may want and desire in our life.
Let us not focus on the things that we have and not on the things that we do not have.
For Godliness with contentment is great gain. Let us first stick to the basic and allow God to provide for the right time. When God blesses us with something in the right time he adds not trouble to it.