“Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with what you have; for he has said, “I will never leave you or forsake you.’” vs. 5
The writer of Hebrews concludes his letter to early believers with some words of encouragement and advice. His admonitions are consistent with the words of Jesus and the testimony of scripture, but still we seem reluctant to accept what he has to say about money. There are some who believe that if people didn’t love money our entire economy would grind to a halt. From our youth we have been told that the goal of life is accumulation: bigger and better homes, new cars, and extravagant travel. And to get all of that we need to have more money–and that becomes the dream for the majority of us. Some have set goals, believing that if they can get millions into their retirement pots, contentment will follow. But an even greater aspiration would be simple contentment with what we have–even if we didn’t manage to win the lottery or cash in on our stock portfolios. Some people live like that! They adjust their lives to whatever they have, and that is enough for them. As long as they have love in their lives, food in their bellies, and a pillow to rest their heads they will be happy. Some would even say that these are the great winners in the game of life, and we sense that Jesus would agree.
Thought for the Day: What do I need for contentment?