“Then some soldiers asked him, ‘And what should we do?’ He replied, ‘Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely—be content with your pay.’” (Luk 3:14)
We live in a world that constantly demands more. Why have one car when you can have two? Why have the old model when you can have the latest? Upgrade, up-spec, trade up, get the latest, don’t miss out, etc. With all these demands on our income, we always want more.
When we have a want for more, our motivations become financial. This can lead to shortcuts and a focus on making more regardless of consequences. Very few people set out to steal, cheat, or damage their families. It is a slow, insidious process.
There is nothing wrong with a profit motive or monetary blessing, but it must be constrained. It is balanced by a generous heart and contentment.
Quick Prayer: Thank You for the income I already have. Amen.