“Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” ‘
“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’
“This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God.” Luke 12:16-21
I have been thinking about God and money and asking is it biblical to save tons of money when it is needed other places. Also wondering if having big retirement accounts is really a God thing. I mean, if we do this, aren't we trying to manipulate our futures? Aren't we trying to be our own Provider? That being said (or asked), I want to share an blog I just found that is really good. Bob, the writer has some great thoughts. Plus, a lot of the comments are great.
Here is the link: http://christianpf.com/bible-verses-for-retirement/
The book by David Platt is also a worthy read: Radical: taking back your faith from the American Dream.
I think the American church overall is deceived. A lot of the prosperity teaching is just not what we are supposed to be focused on. If we seek God's kingdom He will gladly give us all we need and fulfil our desires.
Jesus actually speaks against having treasures on this earth. See below:
"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:19-21
We need to fight against a whole bunch of thought that isn't from God in regard to money, what is accepted or not accepted; how to live, what our life focus should be. This list can go on and on.
Worldy thought has infiltrated the Christian church. Ask God for wisdom. He'll show you what needs to change in your own life. He is so faithful.
We can choose to stay as we are (if we aren't living according to Matthew 6:19-21) but if we choose that, we are missing out on the biggest blessing of all -- all of Jesus. He is so much better than anything this world can offer.