Thursday, January 16, 2014

The balance of saving

Proverbs 13:22 says that "Good people leave an inheritance to their grandchildren."

But in Luke 12:13-21, Jesus gives a parable as warning to the rich and asks "Who will get everything you worked for?"

With wealth, there's a balance that we, as individuals, need to find.  I think the key to the balance comes back to simple selfishness.  In the parable above, Jesus talks about a man who decides to take all of his wealth and use it on himself to "eat, drink, and be merry."

We're blessed with wealth to bless other, so spending it on ourselves is selfish.

Which makes me wonder: How much of "my" wealth am I holding on to selfishly, for my own comfort?  What does my budget and checkbook say about where I spend or give my money?

There is a great chunk of American Christians that needs to realize it is important to save.  But there is also a wealthy minority that needs to heed Jesus' warning and realize they are saving for themselves.

How are you doing with the balance of saving?  Where do you fall?

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