*Wealth = an abundance or profusion of anything; plentiful amount (from dictionary.com, definition 2)
**We = me, you and western civilization in general
***Waste = to consume, spend, or employ uselessly or without adequate return; use to no avail or profit; squander (from dictionary.com)
We have a problem. We waste a lot of wealth. It's literally everywhere. We are spending, consuming, squandering, losing and otherwise wasting a lot of wealth that could be used for good.
It could be used to make disciples and share the Good News. It could be used help the needy or hurting, both around us and across the world.
But instead, we lose it without getting (or even expecting) anything in return. A few wasteful places that are standing out to me right now: mobile data plans, retirement, coffee (convicting but true), home improvement, new construction (both residential and commercial), and sports.
Please don't read this that I'd like to move into a cave and be a hunter/gatherer. (My wife wouldn't stand for that...) Go ahead and have a cell phone, plan for a comfortable retirement and drink coffee. But while you're using wealth on all of those things, think about this:
What spiritual return is there for the wealth you're spending?