Keeping Up With The Joneses

We all have desired to have more in life at some point in our life. In a lighthearted way, we all have been labeled as someone who is trying to “keep up with the Joneses.” When I hear this phrase, I always sit silently and smile. Anyone who knows us, knows we have never owned a house larger than 1400 square feet and we have never owned a new vehicle. “Keeping up” with us wouldn’t be much of a challenge. We are all blessed with choices when it comes to material items & money. Scripture reminds us to be cautious with our ambition & wealth.

What is the purpose of money?

Provide for our family                             I Timothy 5:8

Help the poor                                           Ephesians 4:28

Spread/Teach Gospel                             Matthew 28:18-20

Equip Others To Teach                           Philippians 1:5-6

What is the Biblical understanding of money?

Love of money = evil/sin                         I Timothy 6:10

Lay up treasures in Heaven                    Matthew 6:19-21

We brought nothing with us                    I Timothy 6:7

God owns everything….

The earth is the Lord’s                             Psalms 24:1

We are stewards                                        I Peter 4:10

Be a faithful steward                                I Corinthians 4:2

Our soul is our most valuable possession (Matt. 16:26) & death is certain (Heb. 9:27). What is your life’s ambition?