I am currently in the process of moving from my parents house to an apartment that I will be sharing with my two best friends. It is a transition period where there are a lot of phone calls being made, papers being filled out, bills to be paid, and boxes to be filled. It is a time where I am being pushed out from the nest. I no longer have my parents to help front bills, or to make dinner. I no longer will turn on a fan or take a hot shower without thinking of the money that it costs to do so. Things are changing, it’s time to grow up.
As I am doing this, I am realizing the great number of things I supposedly need in my new apartment. Furniture, and towels, and silverware, and dishes, and a desk, and bookshelves, etc. There is much that is needed, and all these things cost a lot of money. Money is something that a recent college graduate does not have. But in today’s world the things that we seem to think we need are really not needs at all. There are only three things in this life that we actually need: Food, water, and clothing. That’s it. All the rest are luxuries.
I plan to be a missionary to Japan. Japan is considered the most expensive mission field on earth. The more things that I think I need in Japan, the longer it will take to raise the right amount of support to go there. Now of course there are things which are needs in our day and time out of practicality sake. Things such as cell phones, a microwave, an apartment, a car, and a heater. These things are practically necessary today. But wherever I can cut costs by cutting my “needs,” I should do it. I don’t need an iPhone. I don’t need a bed. I don’t need a TV. I don’t need I couch. There are lots of things which are wants, and luxuries which I just don’t need. These are things which will save me money, and allow me to be frugal as much as possible with my money. I need to make sure to give my share to God, and to spend my limited amount of money as wisely as possible.
God does hold us accountable for how we use our money. What a person’s philosophy of money is and how we spend it tells quite a lot about them. We are told that Godliness with contentment is great gain (1 Timothy 6:6). We are also to be content with food and clothing (1 Timothy 6:8).
So I am living with the challenge of honoring God with my money. Will I spend it on myself to make myself more comfortable? The things I buy I won’t get to bring with me when I die. Or will I invest my money into the church and God’s kingdom? Let us give God our money because it’s not our money anyway.