As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.
1 Timothy 6:17
Well, I am.
It’s okay to not work 60, 70, or even 80 hours a week.
That certainly isn’t the message in today’s culture!
To be happy you should have that big 4 bedroom, 4 bath, 3 car garage house.
You should have a HDTV in every room, a smart phone and tablet in everyone’s hand, and the highest internet speed available.
You should also have that beautiful SUV or sedan – you know, the one that has the TVs in the back and the cameras for every angle.
But have you taken the time to figure out how much the house, the tech, and the car actually cost?
The 4 bed, 4 bath home across the street from my church costs $350,000.
The tech for said home would be about $20,000.
The car is about $60,000.
Making minimum wage certainly ain’t going to cut it.
But even if you are making $50 to $100 per hour, you are still going to have to work 60, 70, or even 80 hours a week.
Now, surely your family is worth all those wonderful things. So is mine.
But God needs to really get our attention here.
Remember, God promised – PROMISED – to provide for us. He will give us exactly what we need to live every single day of our lives (see Matthew 6:19-34).
In addition, he promises – PROMISES – to provide us with everything to enjoy (see 1 Timothy 6:17-19).
We don’t have to work ourselves into a frenzy to provide for our families. God will provide.
Now, I’m not saying we shouldn’t work. We certainly should. God actually created us to work. Even before the Fall into sin, God put Adam “in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.” (Genesis 2:15)
We simply need to make sure that our priorities are properly placed.
Patrick Morley said, “No amount of success at work will make up for failure at home.” He also points out in his Bible study series The Seven Seasons of a Man’s Life that most men (if not all) do not carry pictures of their boss at work in their wallets.
After God, our families are our priorities. But that can only be best achieved if we are actually with them a majority of the time, especially during our children’s formative years.
St. Paul writes to Timothy about those who are rich. Obviously, Timothy had some pretty wealthy people in his congregation.
And this is okay! There’s nothing sinful in being rich!
The sin comes from where the priority of the person lies. Is it in his riches? Or is it in God who has given those things to enjoy and to provide a good foundation for the future?
So go ahead! Dial back the hours. Spend more time with your children. Take your spouse out on a date. Sit together as a family this weekend in worship and Bible study.
You will be taking hold of that which is truly life!
Heavenly Father, thank you for the work you have given me to do. May I accomplish that work to the betterment of my neighbor and to your glory. Thank you for my family. May I never sacrifice time with my family in order to make more money. May I also never buy into the temptation of thinking that even if I’m working for the things my family can have, that makes working so much okay – so much so that I lose track of what is truly important, being your saved child and entrusted with the care of my family. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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