7 Replies to “truly safe? (what we want for our kids: financial security)”

  1. Totally agree with storing up treasure in heaven, rather than here on earth & and societal pressure is hard to move against.

    However, and maybe just to be contrary, yes we hear of amazing gifts of Gods provision – but that has got to come from somewhere! Somebody else is achieving worldly security in one form or another or perhaps coupled with heavenly security to give generously and provide to another individual in need.

    Or perhaps, because they are seeking heavenly security they are able to give it away with ease…

    Proverbs has in an interesting take on security – teaching about the wise housewife who’s not worried about the winter, or the house saving for the future., rather than being rash.

    Overall some great thoughts to mull over. Also, in terms of great examples of Gods Provision / no interest in worldly security is George Muller ( I’m biased having lived in a community house for 2+ yrs in Bristol), but what he achieved on prayer alone is stunning.

    W.

    1. I do believe that when we ‘seek God’s Kingdom first’, God will give us everything we need – and, for some, that will include great riches which, in turn, are used to resource other parts of His kingdom here on earth. But I also know that wealth can be distracting and blinding, and seeking it first, above heavenly treasures, leads to hearts which aren’t bent towards Jesus first and foremost, and God doesn’t work as dramatically with us in this state. Some of the most generous people I know are not wealthy by the world’s standards – and we all know that there are some stupidly rich people in our world who, proportionally, give very little of their income! So – God’s logic is not ours 🙂 I love the little I know of George Muller – must look him up and get to know him more! Thanks for your comment.

  2. On the flip side, I come across an awful lot of Christians who are so keen not to make a god of mammon that they demonise financial security and those who have it. There are many wealthy Christians who are very generous. And instances of poorer Christians who use “living by faith” as a cover for, frankly, laziness, not using their talents, and irresponsibility. I think these are as sinful as greed, especially when you have a family. Why should someone else provide for you when you’re perfectly able to? To extend the argument, I also know of Christians giving up work or opting for low paid work when they’re capable of more, and surviving with tax credits and other benefits. That means that those handouts can’t benefit someone else who is really in need. But as the church, we applaud them for this!

    Money – or financial security – doesn’t command a particular value in and of itself. It’s the heart attitude. I know you know and say this, but I can see all too often examples of excesses on both sides (whilst it is usually just the greed or lust for money that we talk about).

    1. I agree that we shouldn’t be lazy or sponge off others just because. The Bible says to avoid laziness and to do the ‘good works’ God has intended for us to do. But, personally, I haven’t seen many examples of this happening, so I would imagine it’s a minority of those taking advantage? The people you know who live off faith – presumably they DO something with their time? Christians who give up work and live off a lower salary and/or benefits may well be doing something with their time which is of incredible value to their communities (not to mention God’s Kingdom!), e.g. running voluntary groups, connecting with vulnerable people, leading ministries, and other things for which there is no salary. You’ll have noticed that my three examples of those who put the Kingdom above their financial status are all hard-workers – none of them are sitting on their backsides!

      Yes, there are problems with both excesses – but, quite honestly, do you see a large number of Christians doing nothing and sponging off others? Or are we more-than-slightly influenced by the culture around us when speaking negatively of those who collect benefits/work fewer hours than they could/work in a lower position than they could?

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