Look at what Paul said to Timothy in 1 Timothy 6:6-10; “But godliness with contentment is great gain”. “For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.” That is a great gain!
But then he describes the other type of person in verse 9; “People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money (and things), have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”
What are some of the many griefs that we see today? We see debt causing tremendous grief. We see financial pressure causing tremendous grief. We see stress causing tremendous grief. We see people unable to enjoy the blessings that they have because they are always worried about money. Margin less living, foolish verses wise.
Look again what Jesus says in Matthew 6:19-21; “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy…” Which in so many ways, that is the opposite of what many peoples lifetime goal is. Most people live to store up, get more; more, more, the bigger house, the faster car, the larger TV. That’s our life, that’s what we want to do. But Jesus said, “Don’t do that!” He says, instead, “Store up treasures in heaven….For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”.
A very fair translation of this verse for us today would be to say, for where your money goes, there your heart follows. Where your money goes, there your heart follows. Let’s be honest, the average Christian gives about 2% of their income toward God. That means about 98% goes to the world. That means that 98% of our heart goes toward the things this world offers. We wonder why we want more of the world and we are not satisfied with God, because it’s a spiritual problem. We actually think that more is going to make us happy.
Now we have seen something of why financial margin is important in our lives we will look tomorrow at how do go about creating some.