Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content. But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows. 1 Timothy 6:6-10 (NLT)
How do you measure your “wealth”? Is it the money in your bank account, the number of cars in your driveway, or the size of your house? It is not money that is evil. God wants us to have what we need. It is the love of money that is the root of evil. When you spend your life working for more money and more things to own, you will never find contentment because you are constantly trying to acquire more. You can’t take it with you, so you need to set healthy limits in all areas of your life.
Learning when to say “enough” is the key to contentment in your life. Job 20:20 says, “Greedy people want everything and are never satisfied.” Constantly chasing after more will set you up for temptation and self-destruction. When you recognize that you have enough, you can use the blessings you receive to bless others.
Action Step: Distinguish between your needs and wants. As referenced in Philippians 4:6, pray to God and tell Him what you need. Also, thank Him for all He has done for you.