Keep your lifestyle free from the love of money, and be content with what you have. For God Himself has said, “I will never leave you or forsake you . . .” Hebrews 13:5, TLV
“A lifestyle free from the love of money . . .” I really like the Tree of Life Version’s (TLV) translators’ use of lifestyle. It really speaks to how we might fall into the trap of wanting to emulate those around us with great wealth. Let’s face it, so far in this country we need money for certain essentials: food, home, health, transportation. Being content with what we have, for what God has shown us to minister to our families and others, is the key. What do I mean by “what God has shown us?”
Some of us have a calling for hospitality and taking in strangers/guests. That home requires certain resources. Others work from home, therefore their assets are different than those who don’t.
Whatever God has called us for and to, we have His assurances that He will never leave or forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6,8). However humble or extravagant, we are but stewards to His blessings.
As we enjoy these blessings, may we also remember those who need the essentials. The Torah teaches us to leave “gleanings” for those in need (Leviticus 19:9; 23:22). That means that not only do we tithe, but we also give a portion of our “harvest” to the poor.
Money has responsibilities — Godly responsibilities.