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verse 7: “There is one who pretends to be rich, but has nothing; Another pretends to be poor, but has great wealth.”

There is a commercial I have seen on television that shows a family man living the good life; he has a nice house and yard, nice car, luxuries, etc. He’s telling the viewer about what he and his family have and how they enjoy it. The “kicker” comes when he, still smiling, says, “and how did I afford all this? I’m maxed out to my eyeballs in credit right now!” Still smiling deliriously, he’s riding his lawn tractor, cutting his plush yard, saying, “somebody please stop me!” The commercial, as it turns out, is for one of those debt-relief businesses.

Keeping up with the Joneses. Living a life you cannot afford. Our society is very guilty of that nowadays. With the recent advent of credit cards and seeing how “the better half” lives on television and entertainment reports, some people think they can live like the rich, when they’re not rich! On the other hand, there are some, especially the World War II generation, who live frugally. I always wondered how my grandmother was able to give so much; turns out she had wisely saved and lives frugally (note here, frugal doesn’t always mean cheap!). She lives within her means, and trusts God for the rest.

God is the Great Provider, but He doesn’t want us to squander what we got and what we get! We need to be good stewards of what God gives us; after all, we truly own nothing…it comes from God anyway! Another marketing cliché I’ve heard is “free stuff is good!” Well, you know what’s free? The gift of salvation Jesus gives us; all we have to do is accept it. After all, Jesus paid our sin debt…a debt we could never repay!

Something to think about!

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