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November 9, 2008

Personal Finance Bible Study: Contentment (Part 1 of 12) – The World’s Message

Filed under: Contentment,Personal Finance Bible Study,Personal Finance in the Bible — Paul Williams @ Crackerjack Greenback @ 4:00 am

       Do you buy into the hype of shopping and consumerism? Do you think more money will make you happier? Do you think more stuff will make your life easier? Do you always have to have the latest model, the newest car, the hottest fashions, or the biggest house you can afford? Advertisements tell us every day that we are missing out if we don’t have the things they’re selling. Just watch this video from YouTube titled “Please Buy More Stuff” to see what I’m talking about:

       This is just one of the many messages from The World that flies smack in the face of The Message that God has been trying to tell us for thousands of years. Do you believe The World’s message? Jesus speaks directly to those who believe the world’s message in Revelation 3:17-18.

       17 You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. 18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.

Revelation 3:17-18 (NIV)

       The World tries to tell us that if we just acquire more wealth & things, then we won’t need anything else – we’ll be satisfied and secure. But the truth is that the more we get the more we’ll want. The World can not offer us any true satisfaction or security. It’s a false hope to think that a bigger bank account will make you happier or more fulfilled. Jesus already knows The World can’t satisfy us, and that we’ll actually be pitiful, poor, blind, and naked if we listen to The World’s message. Only God can provide us with true wealth and open our eyes so we can see the truth.

Something Better

       God has a higher purpose for us than million dollar investment portfolios and 3,000 square foot homes. God wants more meaning in our lives than a brand new car and shiny boat in the driveway. God has a higher calling for our retirement years than day after day spent on the golf course, beach, or back porch.

       There’s a major problem with The World’s message – specifically in that it contradicts God’s Message. We’ll talk more about why The World’s message is a problem next Sunday.

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2 Comments »

  1. I’ve never been a huge consumer, but I still get tempted from time to time to look at “the next big thing”, whatever it is. unfortunately, consumerism is in part an offspring of capitalism. Supply and demand create wealth, the theory goes ( at least, for those at the top of the chain, yes? ).

    Comment by Joshua — November 10, 2008 @ 3:22 pm

  2. Joshua,

    Yes, if everyone in America suddenly became content then our economy would really collapse! The truth is that will never happen, but being content and learning to live on less is still the best path for any individual person.

    I think greed and envy are a problem in any society, not just capitalist. We have a tendency to compare ourselves to those around us and always want a little more so we feel more important or better off.

    Comment by Paul Williams @ Crackerjack Greenback — November 10, 2008 @ 3:29 pm

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