We spend a lot of time living like we don’t believe in eternal life.
And if you don’t, well, that makes sense. It’s hard for me to fathom not believing in eternal living, no matter how much it scares me.
Anyway, back to my point: how much time do we spend “stocking our storehouses” and thinking about money, not to mention accolades, education, and contemplating what other people think of us?
After going through foreclosure and still finding that we owe the bank a large sum of money, plus living on a teacher’s salary, and having a third baby on the way … it’s really easy for me to get caught up in financial woes. Every now and then I get my mind muddled in it all and panic and cry.
And you know what? I think the best attitude about money is: it’s just money.
I’m not saying be unwise or don’t save or put yourself in bad situations that you can avoid, like credit card debt. I think using our finances wisely so we can help others is very biblical and honorable.
But I think wrapping ourself up, tightening our fists around even our debt payoff, or giving ourselves parties for having such a large savings account takes credit away from God. And it doesn’t help us focus on the point: that we’re living on this earth only a short while.
Psalm 49 says:
[My enemies] cannot redeem themselves from death
by paying a ransom to God.
Redemption does not come so easily; for no one can ever pay enough
to live forever
and never seen the grave (vv.7-9, NLT).
It’s the same story in Psalms that we’ve seen in Leviticus – whatever you do, sacrifices, money – it’s not enough. It’s never enough. The only Enough was God’s own Son, dying for us.
There is a lot of wisdom in the Bible, but all of it focuses back on Christ. His gospel: the life lived perfectly and the death that was not. And if we keep our minds and hearts focused on that, too, we’re going to live in a way that sees death right around the corner and is OK with it. Smile, even.
“To die will be an awfully big adventure.” – J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan
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