Considering what Jesus says in Matthew 6:25-34, how can a follower of Jesus ever think it is okay to financially plan for the future?
This question was posed recently by a blog reader via email in response to last week’s “Throw It Out There Thursday” post.
“You have asked an incredibly good and important question.
I think the main issues in the verses from Matthew are “worry” and “anxiety.” It is VERY wrong to store up things for the future because we are worried God won’t take care of us. It is sinful to be anxious about the future because we think God can’t handle it or will somehow, for some reason stop loving us, or run out of resources. Storing up for the future because we believe these things might happen is definitely wrong. They reveal the fact that we simply don’t trust God.
However, we ARE commanded – in multiple places – to wisely use our resources to ensure our family is taken care of.
The most important (in my opinion) is found in 1 Timothy 5:8 – “But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”
Followers of Jesus are – without a doubt – to make sure their relatives – especially his/her immediate family – is taken care of. For THIS reason, it is good and wise and biblical to store up for the future.
A second place is Proverbs 13:22 – “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the sinner’s wealth is laid up for the righteous.” Again, it is right and good and wise and biblical to store up for the future so that your grandchildren can benefit from it. There are several such Proverbs that speak directly, or at least allude, to this.
Again – the issue here is “worry” and “anxiety” about the future like god-less (or pagan, “Gentile”) people do; OR, trusting God with our future and loving God by ensuring our family members are taken care of.
Worry and anxiety, of course, are wrong and should never be the driving force behind storing for the future. However, if the driving force is so that others (i.e., our family) might benefit and be taken care of – I believe it is not only right, but imperative for the Christian. “
What do you think?? Thoughts?