Enough and no more?

Enough and no more?

I would just love to see if we can get some healthy discussion going around this topic of Faith and Money and Stuff and Things.

Jesus, at one point has this to say:

‘But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.’ [Matthew 6.33]

And people have quoted that hugely out of context for years in terms of trying to show how “all these things” might refer to mansions and boats and trips to Hawaii but if you read it in the context of the passage it is a part of, it becomes very clear that He was talking about basic needs then. If you seek God and His kingdom, then God will take care of your basic needs.

I guess one question could be around basic needs because many of us today would include ‘Cellphone, car, personal computer and the internet’ as things we cannot do without. Would Jesus if He were walking around in the flesh today?

Secondly, and this is the main question I would love to see some wrestling about [so please come and wrestle with us, but please play nice!] Jesus has this to say:

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.’ [Matthew 6.19-21]

So what does that mean? How much is enough? And is it relative so each one of us has to figure it out for ourselves?

After all, there will always be someone who is MUCH RICHER than me… who has more money and more toys and much more opportunity.

And of course, there will always be someone who is MUCH POORER than me… who has less money and things and opportunity and more debt, disease and dilemma.

How, in the context of what Jesus says, do I work out how much is enough? 

What do you think? And do you think you have enough? 

 

 

Brett Anderson

Brett "Fish" Anderson from South Africa (the country) is passionate about seeing the church live out what it says it believe in all areas of life. He is married to the beautiful Val (tbV) and hates raiSINs with a different kind of passion.
  • Robin Scott

    I’ve had an exciting few years of living this out. Having quit my stable job years ago, to open a private practice, not as a career move, but as a response to God prompting me to make more time and space in my life for the works of the kingdom – things which my stable job wouldn’t allow. It was tough at times as I would turn down my only client for the week because it clashed with a friend I was to have lunch with and I didn’t believe in canceling, and even more absurd decisions. I have learnt not to panic because I’ve seen God come through again and again with exact amounts to cover expenses from food and meals at times, to excess expenses when a lady drives into my car and then drives away, to holidays to Thailand, to laptops, to extreme generosity during tight financial times, to having my wife quit her job so she can recover from chronic fatigue. The key I think is that we submit our expense decisions to God and are led by his spirit in how we spend our money. I see these verses as saying God provides for what you need to live for his kingdom (I think saying that is just debatable basic needs is short changing God who is generous and loving and who also blesses his children). I’ve now got to the point where I rest completely in the certainty of his provision no matter what the numbers look like, because he always provides. This means submitting every decision to his leading, and like I said, he has definitely not lead in the direction of poverty. Today we live an impossible life in terms of what we live in in blessings (no space for the details here) but not impossible to God.