“Rich Man / Poor Man?”

Posted: March 18, 2013 in Christian Life, Decision Making, Giving, Reading, Uncategorized

“Discontent makes rich men poor, while contentment makes poor men rich.”

Covetousness.  The covetousness, lust, envy, the “grass-is-greener-on-the-other-side” syndrome can bring a man to ruin.  “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows” (1 Timothy 6:10). NKJV

King Solomon.  He was wise and yet foolish.  Some Bible commentators have suggested that he may have died with a STD.  With 700 wives and 300 concubines it could easily have happened (1 Kings 11:3).  But he gave some wise counsel toward the end of his life after it had been spent foolishly in vanity (Ecclesiastes 1:2).  “Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, before the difficult days come, and the years draw near when you say, ‘I have no pleasure in them'”   (Ecclesiastes 12:1).  NKJV.  Contentment, not covetousness, should mark the Christian’s lifestyle.

“CQ”  What is your “Contentment Quotient”?  What purchases have you made in the last 30 days that were prompted by covetousness rather than by a genuine need?  Has a desire for material things diverted funds that should be going to the Lord’s work?  If so, what needs to change about your spending habits and attitudes?  Do you think of yourself as an owner or as a manager of God’s resources?  “Moreover it is required in stewards [managers] that a man be found faithful” (1 Corinthians 4:2). NKJV

Promise.  “Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have.  For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you or forsake you’” (Hebrews 13:5).  You can claim this if you are a Christian.  Otherwise you’ll have to depend on your father the devil and/or his children (John 8:44; 1 John 3:10).

Portions adapted from “Your Daily Walk” p. 90 by Walk Thru The Bible Ministries.  I’m using this helpful tool in my personal “Devoted Time.”

For additional spiritual help rearding your finances, go to www.kelseypeach.com. Under the section on “Finances” read “A Christian’s Giving.”  Make sure your Christian giving is done God’s way, not by man’s standards.

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