Proverbs 12:9 – ‘Better to be a nobody and yet have a servant than pretend to be somebody and have no food.’
It is important for all of us to live within our means. Wealthy Christians should work to ‘be a nobody’. Rather than talking up our wealth or showing it off, we should be discreet with what God has blessed us with. Give as much as possible, but don’t do this so that others are aware of your abundance! Do it because God calls you to.
Don’t live a lifestyle that boasts excess. This can get you into debt. Many people work so hard to ‘keep up with the Joneses’. They want the next model of car or phone. They take out a loan to pay for everything. This is ‘pretending to be a somebody’ and the result of this may be to ‘have no food’.
In short, live within your means! There is nothing wrong with having a servant – perhaps someone to clean your house or keep your garden in order. You can employ people to carry out tasks for you. If you can afford to do so, then don’t see this as a bad thing – it’s helping out your local economy.
Don’t do such things however to keep up with appearances. Even if you have abundance, don’t look for ways to spend much of this on unnecessary things. Instead, look for ways to bless those in need and invest some of it wisely.
Learn to be discreet with your wealth. After all, it is ‘better to be a nobody and yet have a servant than pretend to be somebody and have no food.’
Wealth tip – consider only borrowing money to purchase assets that will generate income for you, not for products that will decrease in value over time.