Beyond the Weekend

January 21 | Contentment and Spending

January 21, 2021


Whoever loves pleasure will become poor; whoever loves wine and olive oil will never be rich. Proverbs 21:17

Read: Proverbs 21:17
Proverbs 21


Wise King Solomon again evaluates how the wise handle their money. He recognizes people who spend all their money chasing after pleasure or great food can end up broke. Those who pursue and prioritize experiences and food may lose focus on what matters most to God. The wise seek his heart in every area of their lives, including how they spend their money.

We make choices every day about how we spend our money. We may choose to chase what the world says matters. Or we can follow our Father’s plan for our finances. We may love many things that feel normal in our society. We own more than one home or car, take extravagant trips, post selfies from the trendiest restaurants, sport the latest fashions and enjoy entertainment experiences. Those things may not be wrong, but danger lurks when love for these things take precedence over our love for God. Watch this video clip as Pastor Jeff Manion urges us to be careful what we love.

Who we follow online, what we watch on TV and who we spend time with influence our contentment and our spending choices. We tend to love the same things as those we listen to the most. As we listen to God and allow his Holy Spirit to speak into our choices, God shapes our loves to match what he loves.


Spend time in prayer asking God to reveal what you love that is detracting from your love for him and causing you to spend more than you should. Confess anything he reveals. “God, I confess that I love __________, and it leads me to overspend and focus less on you. Help me to love you first and most of all.”


Join us this year as we read through the New Testament.

Today’s reading is Matthew 14.

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