Most Americans are broke.
Oh they don’t look broke but trust me they are broke. They might drive big trucks or fine cars and live in nice homes but they are broke.
No matter how much we make, we tend to spend just a little more. You see, one of the problems in America is there is always more than we can afford. I compare it to walking into Walmart with at twenty dollar bill. You can buy a lot with ten dollars, but there is so much more you could get if you had just a little more.
A rich man was once asked, “How much is enough?” He answered, “Just a little more.”
So the secret to financial freedom is contentment in Jesus.
Philippians 4:11 Not that I speak from want; for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.
How do you get like that?
First recognize how much Jesus adds to life. He said “I am the living water, drink me and you won’t be thirsty.” We forget that.
Second, understand how your stuff is actually taking away your life. The more you get the more it costs you time. There is the time you have to work to buy it. Then there is the work you have to do to maintain it.
I have this old tractor I use to mow. A couple of years ago I didn’t change the oil and it went kaput. It was very expensive to repair. So now I’m always worried. I thought I heard the gears grinding. So I decided to get the manual and change all the fluids. I cleaned the filters, everything . Spent the whole day Saturday working on that tractor. Changed the gear oil, every fluid, touched every part of that tractor.
I was a little nervous that I had put the right kind and the right amount in each location. Used two full bags of kitty litter to soak up the massive spills in my garage.
Now time to mow. Get out start going. Working great. Then I turned a corner and it lost power. “UH oh”. Stopped. Let it run. Seemed okay. Then I started mowing again. It started losing power.” This is great. I’ve done it wrong and I’ve blown it up”. Tractor sputtered and died.” OH NO!. Now what?” Then it dawned on me. The one fluid I forgot to check. The fuel. Sure enough, I’d just run out of gas. I said, “Thank you Jesus.”
Our stuff is robbing us of time. So why do we keep trying to get more stuff! The more we get the less time we have.
Let’s make a pact. Right here, right now. Are you with me?
I will find my contentment in Jesus not my stuff.
Do that an not only will you no longer be broke, you won’t be rushed.