HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH? Have you thought about it? When have we accumulated enough money and things? When does one stop earning a living and begin to seek after riches? When does a desire for “more” interfere with our contentment and lead us down the road to temptation, sinful desires, ruin and destruction? When does the pursuit of money and things harm our relationship with God and others and cause us heartbreak in many areas? When is enough enough?
Here is what the Apostle Paul told his young disciple Timothy, “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs,” (1 Timothy 6:6-10 NIV).
Is it wrong to be rich, or to own homes, properties, and many other material things? Not necessarily. But obviously our focus should be on our relationship with God and not on accumulating things. And whatever material things and money God allows us to have we need to remember that all things belong to God and we are simply His stewards charged with handling His things properly.
As my wife and I moved from North Florida to South Florida we were reminded once again that we had accumulated too much stuff. That can happen after six decades of marriage. So we are at this time still in a winnowing process to try to dispose of “things” in a way that demonstrates good stewardship. And I must say that at times this is a painful experience. And my wife and I are not pursuers of things but things just seem to happen in America. May God help all of us to be content with the basics of life especially since so many of the people around the world don’t have any of the basics of life.