The Truth about Money and Materialism
Wednesday November 20th, 2019
Read: Luke 12:15
Over the past two weeks we have looked on some misconceptions about money:
1. Having more things will make us happy. The truth is found in Psalm 28:7.
2. Having more things will make us more important. The truth is found in Luke 12:15.
Today we will look a final misconception about money.
3. We believe that having more things will make us more secure.
“If only I could just achieve financial independence…” But what does this really mean? What does it look like? A $100,000 salary or a $1 million dollar salary? Won’t you still want more? The truth is, having more comes with its baggage, so do not base your security on how much you have.
The more we have, the more time and energy it takes to maintain it. The Bible says it is not wise to base our security on how much we’ve acquired because we can lose it all. Proverbs 18:11 tells us, “the rich man thinks of his wealth as an impregnable defence, a high wall of safety. What a dreamer!”
How many ways can you lose everything overnight? An infinite number of ways. The truth is, real security can only be found when we place our trust in something that can’t be taken away from us—our relationship with God. Job said, “…if I put my trust in money, if my happiness depends on wealth… it would mean that I have denied the God of heaven” (Job 31:24, 28).
Why did he say that? Because whatever we trust in for our security is our god! It is far better to put your trust in God Almighty than to put your trust in a pay cheque, spouse, or pension plan. These things can be taken from us in a moment’s notice.
Your security is only sure in God alone. On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand.