As a Christian, the topic of money can sometimes be a source of confusion.
We often ask ourselves if it is wrong to have money or, worse, to enjoy it.
The Bible actually talks a lot about money, and it is not as simple as the clichéd saying that money is the root of all evil.
We have to consider how we use money, how we get it, and our intentions behind our monetary pursuits.
Let’s explore whether God wants us to enjoy money and how we can reconcile our Christian faith with our finances.
God is not against money
First and foremost, it is important to recognize that God is not against us having money.
The Bible acknowledges that money is a necessary part of life, and we should work hard to provide for our families (1 Timothy 5:8).
However, our approach to acquiring and using our money can make all the difference.
If we use money solely for our selfish gain or as a measure of our worth, then we are not pleasing God (Matthew 6:19-21).
But if we use it to help others and to support the Kingdom of God, then we are using it for His glory.
God wants us to enjoy money
God also wants us to enjoy the blessings He has given us, and money is no exception.
In Ecclesiastes 5:19, Solomon says that it is a gift from God to be able to enjoy the fruits of our labor. However, we must be mindful of our heart’s condition when we are enjoying our money.
Are we hoarding it for ourselves, or are we living generously to bless others?
Are we finding our ultimate satisfaction in money or in Jesus Christ? As Christians, our priorities should be aligned with God’s will, and our money should reflect that.
Money and being a slave to it
Another aspect to consider is the difference between enjoying money and being enslaved by it.
As Christians, our allegiance should be to Christ, not to money (Matthew 6:24).
If we are working long hours and sacrificing our health and relationships to acquire more and more money, we are putting money in the place of God.
It is important to have a healthy relationship with money, where we can appreciate it without it controlling our lives.
Moreover, to enjoy money, we must first be content with what we have.
In Philippians 4:11-13, Paul writes that he has learned to be content in all circumstances, whether he has little or plenty.
True joy comes from God and our relationship with Him, not from the things money can buy.
If we are constantly pursuing more and more money to find happiness, we are not living in the will of God.
So, does God want us to enjoy money? Yes, He does.
But our enjoyment of money should come from seeing it as a blessing from God, a tool to bring Him glory, and a means of blessing others.
Our focus should be on our hearts and priorities, seeking God’s will in all our financial endeavors.
We must be content with what we have and use our money wisely, not letting it enslave us.
With God at the center of our financial decisions, we can enjoy the blessings He has given us while living in His will.