Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have …” (Hebrews 13:5).


Greg Nettle tells about a time he was in a health club locker room when he overheard an interesting telephone conversation. He writes:


“A cell phone started ringing and a guy picked it up. ‘Hi honey, you’re down at the mall? A brand new coat? $1,500.00? Well, if it’s exactly what you’ve been looking for, of course sweetie pie. Go ahead. Just put it on the credit card.

What’s that dear? You stopped by the Mercedes dealership? Yes, I know some of the new models are amazing. Yes, I’ve heard that they’re offering great deals right now. You got a good price? Hmmmm, 60 thousand? Okay, but for that price, I want it loaded—all the options. Go ahead, that would be fine. No, that’s alright honeypot, anything for you. Just have the dealership finance it for us.


That it? One more thing? That beachfront property you’ve had your eye on? What about it? You think you have to have it? Reduced to 450k? Still sounds like a lot of money. Good investment hmmmm? Well, you’re right, it is a spectacular piece of property. And the price has been reduced. Yes, we could take out a home equity loan. Oh, alright, but no more than $450,000. Oh, I know I’m the best husband ever. Go ahead sugar, and I’ll see you tonight.’


Every guy in the locker room is staring at this guy in absolute disbelief. Wow! And then this guy sets the phone down and says. ‘Does anybody know whose phone this it?’”


The Bible calls the pursuit of more stuff “greed.” Jesus warns us about the influence of greed on our lives by telling us the story of a rich man. The rich man had a bumper crop and he didn’t know what to do with the excess, so he decided to tear down his barns and build bigger ones. The problem with this rich man wasn’t that he had an abundance of crops, or that he decided to build bigger barns. The problem was that he invested his entire life in his possessions. He drew his security from his material goods and failed to be “rich toward God.” With that in mind, Jesus gave this warning – “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.” (Luke 12:15)


Instead of trying to find satisfaction in acquiring more stuff, we need to find satisfaction in “enough,” and invest the rest in helping others and God’s kingdom. When we do that, we’re investing in our eternal future.