My friend’s house would be worth almost double the amount of my house
Reference: Do not be overawed when others grow rich, when the splendor of their houses increases; (Psalm 49:16 NIV)
Explore: When talking to a friend the other day, her husband interrupted us regarding a phone call he was having. They were trying to sort out their internet but it was ending up being quite expensive (first world problem).
I was surprised by their conversation, not because of the expense, but because they were baulking at the price. My friend’s house would be worth almost double the amount of my house, and yet, they were quibbling over a couple of hundred dollars.
I guess watching every penny had led them to afford a beautiful, more expensive house but it reminded me that you never really know someone’s true financial state. We can display the latest fashions and the biggest homes but we never know the debt that may weigh people down.
Application: We can be quick to judge others, thinking they have it financially easy, and yet most people don’t. And to think we spend so much time worrying about our finances when we can’t take it with us into eternity!
The psalmist reminds us to focus on that which is eternally important and gives us a better perspective on what we should concentrate on. It’s true that in this world we all need money to survive.
But don’t allow it to become our main focus. We have a greater prize in Christ that’s more deserving of our resources.
Prayer: Lord, forgive us when we look at dollar signs rather than Godly signs. May we spend our resources building on an eternity of love rather than a few years of pleasure. Amen.
What are you spending your finances on?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.