HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH?

“Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they think they have will be taken from them.” (Luke 8:18, NIV)

It is not mere coincidence that the biggest homes, the most expensive cars, and the most costly toys belong to the most affluent group of Americans. Many well-known Christians in the business world openly state that if you aren’t one of the affluent you probably missed God’s bus. Is it wrong, then, to be wealthy? Absolutely not. God wants us to succeed. He just wants us to do it in a way that honors Him.

So, are Christians living in 1,500-square-foot homes and driving four-year-old cars being deprived of God’s best? Many must obviously think so, because they will buy a bigger, more expensive home and a new car just as soon as they can afford it (or just as soon as they can finance it). That isn’t necessarily honoring God either.

In today’s economy, I would like to propose a radical idea from God’s Word. Determine God’s best for your life and be satisfied with it, even if it means moving down in lifestyle. In Luke, Jesus said, “Whoever has will be given more; and whoever does not have, even what they think they have will be taken from them”. And He promised, “Truly I tell you, no one who has left home or wife or brothers or sisters or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God will fail to receive many times as much in this age, and in the age to come eternal life. (Luke 18:29-30, NIV)

God obviously has a different plan for each of us. He has also provided each of us with different lifestyles that will bring us the greatest freedom to serve Him. Some Christians may well need a 5,000-square-foot home to accomplish what God calls them to do in their community. But many Christians have never honestly applied their faith to the question: How much is enough?

Ask yourself that question this Tuesday. You might just be surprised at your own answer.

Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ”!

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7 Comments on “HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH?”


  1. Learning to be content in all things! Great reminder, thank you!

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  2. wordsaver Says:

    I’m never enough of God.

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  3. Trey Medley Says:

    While I don’t necessarily begrudge someone a 5,000 sq foot home, I don’t know that they *need* it; even for their ministry. That’s too easy of a cop out that too many people use. (i.e. “Wow! You just bought your third $90,000 luxury car. Is that a little excessive, especially since you live alone? I mean whose going to drive them all” “It absolutely is not excessive. I need these cars in order to meet with business men. They won’t even talk to you unless you have these types of cars.”) Again, I’m not saying they shouldn’t have it so I can, and there is a place for little nice-ities. However, at some point, when you keep buying bigger, better, newer, faster, etc., you start focusing on the things more and people and God less. You cannot serve both God and mammon.

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  4. Dave Boller Says:

    I agree with you, Trey. It’s not for us to judge, though. Perhaps there are three families living together in that home. I don’t need a 5,000 sf home or a BMW, but I’m in no position to judge anyone else. Thanks for your comment!!

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  5. Brook Says:

    This was a very encouraging reminder today, feeling so low and so broke. *Thank you* for reminding me of God’s thoughts on having enough.

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