In America we live in a society that promotes a lifestyle that says you are not successful unless you have lots of “things,” or more stuff will make you happy. I used to believe this myself. But the problem is more will never be enough if we don’t have a change of heart and mind. I want to share with you my story, and 3 reasons why more will never be enough.
You see I grew up in a poor home. We were not as poverty stricken as some, but to a point where on occasion we did not know where a meal would come from. We didn’t have an abundance of “things,” and what we did have was cheap, crappy, or not even second hand but rather third or fourth hand.
As I got older and started to earn my own income I carried the mindset that I wanted things, because surely that would make me happier. I grew up with nothing, and now I was old enough to get my own stuff. This actually led to a problem with a couple of credit cards and making payments on things I did not need. I had a poverty mindset.
I still struggle on occasion with that mindset, but I have since grown from it. It took some time, but through it I learned some valuable lessons. And, today I want to share those with you. If you can take these three lessons and apply them, I believe you will gain a greater financial freedom and peace.
REASON #1 – God Has Not Become Your Source
The first lesson is the easiest, as well as the hardest, but it is the most vital lesson to learn. Until God becomes your source, more will never be enough. No matter how much money you have, or how many things you have, they will never make you happy. You will always want more.
You have to understand that your employer, your customers, the government, nor your financial inheritance are your source. God and God alone has to be your source. You might get laid off, the stock market might crash, or you might lose all of your money.
If you are putting all of your trust in these things to take care of you, they will fail you. (Now, this is not saying stop going to work, because you still have to put your hand to the plow. Paul tells us, “if a man is not willing to work, he shall not eat.” – 2 Thess. 3:10).
You have to create a mindset that understands and walks by faith; that no matter what happens, God will take care of you. This means you are not blaming your boss, the government, or somebody else who doesn’t pay you when they should. You know that no matter what God will take care of you. Jesus teaches us this perfectly in Matthew 6:25-33,
For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? “Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? “And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? “And why are you worried about clothing?
Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. “But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! “Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ “For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
REASON #2 – You Love Money Too Much
You may hear people say that money is evil, but this is not true. Money itself is not evil, for without money how can a man feed his family, how can you buy a meal for the homeless man on the corner, or how can you pay for the labor to drill a water well in Africa.
We read in 1 Timothy 6:10,
For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
It is not money itself that is evil, rather it is the love of money, or what is referred to as “mammon” in the New Testament. Mammon is the spirit of greed, wealth, and riches that is personified and in opposition to Christ.
Wealth in and of itself is not bad; it becomes evil when we seek wealth and riches above Christ. And no, I am not promoting a prosperity gospel. I am saying, that when we seek riches, an abundance of things, or hold on to what money we do have without thought to give, we set up money as our god or the spirit of mammon has over taken us.
REASON #3 – You Have Not Learned To Be Content
Do you have a lot? Good.
Do you only have a little? Good.
Are your fridge and pantry barren? Good.
Are your fridge and pantry overflowing? Good.
Until you learn to be content in all things, more will never be enough. No matter how much money you have (or don’t have), or how many things you have, it will never be enough.
Paul tells us in his letter to the Philippians,
Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
He hits the nail on the head. He has learned to be content in whatever situation he is in, an Paul especially was in some extremes. A verse that is so often referenced out of context is verse thirteen, when Paul says I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
He is not talking about passing a test, or dealing with a difficult family member. He is referring to being content. He can be content because Christ gives him strength regardless of abundance or lack. Until you learn to allow God to be your source, stop loving money, and learn to be content, more will never be enough. You will continually toil and grasp for more. You will never be satisfied with “enough.”
Now don’t get me wrong. I am not at one end of the spectrum saying never strive for more or greatness, and I am not at the opposite end of the spectrum promoting a prosperity gospel. I am challenging you to not allow money, things, or possessions to take priority over your walk with Christ, your spouse, or your family. If it does, more will never be enough. Christ has to be all, and in all.
Do you catch yourself getting caught up in the mindset for more? If so, what do you do to get past it, or do you give in to it? Let me know in a comment below.