What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? ~ Matthew 16:26
Do you buy something every time you go shopping or to the city? I don’t mean things like groceries. I mean something besides the essentials. Do you have to buy something for yourself? Do you have to have to that pair of shoes or the latest technology?
Not too long ago, I learned that in Buddhism there’s a concept called the middle path. The idea is that people live in between two extremes: great asceticism and having enormous riches. These Buddhists won’t abstain from having the essentials but they won’t overindulge themselves either.
As Christians, we need to find the middle path. We can’t have everything. We could try but, honestly, what would be the point? We are living for God not for our material possessions. God doesn’t want us to deny the essentials but he doesn’t want us to horde everything either.
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust 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 we fix our eyes not on what is seen but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary but what is unseen is eternal. ~ 2 Corinthians 4:18
Furthermore, money tends to be associated with power. We don’t need either. We need God. By choosing to live simply, we can focus on what’s important. There’s more time to spend with family if technology and other material possessions aren’t consuming our time. There’s more time for God!
And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 4:19
Not only do we find that we have more time, but we have a change in character. By limiting our possessions, we can humble ourselves. We aren’t above anybody else because we have all the latest things. Instead, we are content with what we have, and who we are. Thus, be devoted to God! Be humbled!
No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money. ~ Matthew 6:24