1 Timothy 6:6 - "But godliness with contentment is great gain... And having food and raiment let us be therewith content."
1 John 2:15-17 - "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not Of the Father, but is of the world."
Materialism and worldliness are among the most pervasive (yet unacknowledged) sins of modern Christians. Quite often, believers are blind to the materialism that subtly saturates our very souls. Rather than adhering to God's standard of moderation, high debt has become the norm. Many believers truly covet the symbols of worldly status and wealth. Indeed, our very affluence has become a huge spiritual hindrance. We have indeed moved far from Paul's simple command, "Be content with such things as you have" (Hebrews 13:5).
Questions for Reflection: Do you barely tithe and yet pay enormous interest to creditors? In purchases, have you been motivated more by greed than seeking God's direction? Does your financial history reflect biblical principles of low debt and modest living? Has your debt caused you to miss payments and thus damage your witness? Do you lust for things? Would you be willing to live with less in order to embrace more God centered patterns for your money? Financial pressures strain many marriages.' Is high debt straining yours?
Can you truly say "Jesus Christ is in control of my desires and finances"? Have you fervently prayed about financial decisions or simply gone with the materialism of the world? Today there are excellent books and resources to help you reduce debt and break the bondage to covetousness. Please do not ignore God's conviction in this crucial area of your life! Be specific about the changes God wants you to embrace. Take a moment and decide on your first steps of financial repentance.
Personal Reflection on Sins of Attitude
In confessing the sins of worldliness, materialism and financial mismanagement, let us confidently claim the forgiveness and empowerment of the covenant in Christ's blood. We are fully accepted and justified in Him!