Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you”.
I reckon that most people in employment look forward to the annual salary review in anticipation of a pay-rise. The calculators come out to see what difference 3% will make to the take-home pay. The ‘after-tax’ weekly figure was usually disappointing but it was still nice to see that larger yearly number. Our salary would determine the rent or mortgage we could afford, what car we could choose and whether we were going camping or to the Regent Beverley Wilshire.
Having money is not wrong but obsessing over how much of it we want, definitely is. When we constantly focus on what we don’t have we become more discontented with what we do have.
Paul did not have time to build up wealth and he learned in whatever situation…to be content (Phil4). He even went as far as to tell Timothy, “if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content” (1:6:8). Paul had witnessed those who craved riches so much that they were distracted from the faith. We must focus our energy on God alone, on His will and purpose for our daily lives.
Financially, God may have blessed you with plenty or He may have blessed you with enough, either way, it all belongs to Him. Spiritually, you are blessed beyond measure and for today, there is great gain in godliness with contentment (1Tim6:6).