Since youth we are encouraged to excel in all that we do.
“Climb the ladder of success!” “Be all you can be!”, which usually translates to more. Do more, be more, learn more, get more, keep more. This sounds legitimate on the surface—surely, we do not want the opposite—do less, learn less, be less, get less, keep less.
So, what’s the problem with more? Can’t the Christian strive for more?
Have you ever experienced an itch you cannot scratch? Have you ever drunk salt water to quench a thirst? Have you ever worked overtime, pulling doubles, even Sundays, to get ahead financially, only to find things are worse? Then you have tasted what the pursuit of more for the sake of more is like.
The problem is not the more part, it is the DESIRE for more over the PURPOSE for more. Why pursue more? What will you do with it? Therein lies the problem. Scripture teaches “Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.” Psalm 27:20. And, “He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver, nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this also is vanity.” Ecclesiastes 5:10.
My friend, more cannot be the goal.
It is unattainable and leads man into temptation and a snare (a biblical certainty. See 1 Timothy 6:9.)
Should we seek to improve our finances in order to meet the needs of our family? Absolutely. Look to Matthew 6:33 for God’s promise, and our required part in His provision: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Seek his kingdom (daily), seek to live righteously (all the time) and God promises to meet your need of food, shelter, and clothing.
Should we seek and ask God for more income so that we can give more and further the cause of Christ? Absolutely! Look to Proverbs 3:9-10 “Honor the Lord with thy substance and with the firstfruits of all thine increase. So shalt thy barns be filled with plenty and thy vats burst with new wine.” Trust God with the tithe, give of your substance and watch Him provide more than enough for you. (the words “filled”, “plenty”, and “burst” speak of abundance.)
Should we seek more money so that we can be rich? Absolutely not! Jesus called the successful businessman who stored up his wealth for himself a fool (Luke 12:16-21.) God warns that those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare (neither are good things), “…and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.” 1 Timothy 6:9
Seek God’s will. Be faithful with that which you have, and God will entrust with more (Luke 16:10), in order to do more for His kingdom.