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In episode 72, we spent time looking at the tension of luxuries. We spoke to the reality of the tension of luxuries for the believer and spent much time diving into the Word of God exploring what the Scriptures say. We hoped that we would have had the time in that episode to get to some additional questions and answers in light of this tension of luxuries in the Believer’s life. Because we believe that the application of Scripture is key in our spiritual growth, and more specifically, our growth as Biblical Stewards, we wanted to come back to this episode of the Tension of Luxuries and specifically speak to some additional applications.
Join us today as we address the following questions:
- How much is enough for my family and me? How much is too much?
- What makes a luxury “good” or “bad” in my life?
- I have heard the term “sinful luxury.” What does this mean?
- Does the definition of luxury change over time?
- Is it right to purchase something that only those with significant wealth can afford? Assuming that you are not going into debt and have followed the other 4 priorities, would that be OK?
- As a Biblical Steward, I don’t need a ton of luxuries. After following the other 4 priorities and being satisfied with the luxuries that I have, how should I spend the rest of my surplus income?
- How does one enjoy the gift of abundance/wealth while ensuring it doesn’t become their identity?
- What safeguard(s) can I put in place to help guard me and my family against the destructive nature of wealth and luxuries?
- How can someone maintain the right perspective on their money?
- I am struggling with the envy of luxuries and wealth in others. What should I do?
Proverbs 30:7-9 – “Two things I ask of you, LORD; do not refuse me before I die: Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the LORD?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.”
Our hope is that we got you to think about where you are personally in relationship to the luxuries that you have or desire. It would only be good to close out with some passages of Scripture and specifically ones that we touched on in Episode 72.
“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, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” (1 Timothy 6:9–10, NIV84)
It is important to note that those that WANT to get rich bring about temptation, foolish/harmful desires, ruin and ultimately destruction! This all comes from a DESIRE within! As seen in verse 10, it can even pull them away from their faith in God!
Be careful with what you DESIRE!
Also remember to do as 1 Timothy 6:17-19 states:
- Do not be arrogant with what you have
- Put your hope in God…who is certain!
- Enjoy what God has blessed you with!
- Be rich in good deeds…
- Be generous!
- Share with others your abundance!
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