From the greatest to the lowliest – all are nothing in his sight. If you weigh them on the scales, they are lighter than a puff of air. Don't try to get rich by extortion or robbery. And if your wealth increases, don't make it the center of your life. Psalm 62: 9-10 NLT
If your wealth increases, don't make it the center of your life.
Wow! What powerful advice, especially as we enter a new year. Will you receive an increase in salary or retirement this year? Perhaps your son or daughter is graduating from college and that means one less bill to pay – it will seem like an increase in your income! Maybe you have paid off a debt (good for you)! If you will receive more money this year, you should celebrate and thank God.
But don't make this increase in money the center of your life.
I know our family has done this in the past and may still be doing it. We have depended on a raise to pay our bills. And we structure our lives around it. We live dependent on the wealth we have rather than being dependent upon God.
That is what God desires from us. God does not want us to be dependent on our money (notice I did not say that God does not want us to take care of what we have been given). God wants us to be dependent on him. Our lives should be structured around God, not our relationship with God dependent on how we earn our income.
Now is the time to take a good look and see what is at the center of our lives: money or God?
God, we want you to be the center of our lives. So be it.
Copyright 2011 Amelia G. Sims