Money happy?

John Wesley said , “When I have any money, I get rid of it as quickly as possible, lest it find a way into my heart.”
He felt that the more possessions we have, the harder it will be to leave it or give it up. We have to leave it all behind anyway, so is it important to hold things of this world lightly?
1 Tim. 6:10 says, “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.”
There is nothing wrong at all with money, or having it, I am not suggesting that it is bad or evil as this verse is often misquoted with saying. Loving it, not wanting to lose it, and this love of it is where the problems can arise.
Kept in check and a good perspective, money can be used for so much good, and can be a blessing to us and those around us. It can be life changing in so many good and amazing ways.
Nearly half of the parables Jesus told were about money or generosity. It is important enough for our Lord to talk that much about it to those around Him.
Someone once said, “Generosity is not measured by how much you give. It is measured by how much you have left.”
Does our depth of spirituality show itself by how we handle the money we have? Does money make such a difference to how we worship? Are we only happy if we have more than others? Can money really buy happiness?

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. expectantlylistening
    Jan 27, 2015 @ 11:46:35

    These are important and big questions. I heard this week a quote of St Francis about how poverty brings freedom (he does qualify this by recognising that simple poverty is different from misery); he asks what can anyone steal from me if I have nothing?

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  2. Kate @ Did That Just Happen?
    Jan 27, 2015 @ 14:47:22

    I love the fact that I can’t out give God. This year part of my journey is to declutter and release, to let go of what is no longer needed in my life and is taking my focus off God, and it applies to the things in my house, people in my life and even thoughts in my head! But it has felt good to donate items, to let them go live a life elsewhere! It’s amazing how much freedom I’ve found in that!

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