Can you afford luxury? Maybe you’ve worked hard all your life and you’ve been able to accumulate some wealth. You’ve paid your tithe, made some offerings, and there’s still money left over so God wouldn’t mind if you had a few luxuries now right?
Before you answer yes, consider this. Luxuries also have a hidden price tag which is the time they consume. They have to be locked up and guarded, polished and appraised, counted, cataloged and stored. We have to constantly tell our guests “Don’t touch!” “Don’t eat in there.” or “Be sure and wipe your feet.”
Luxuries create high anxiety as we worry about what can go wrong. Accumulating luxuries makes us leery of having guests with young children and it makes families with young children uncomfortable if they do visit our homes.
The bottom line is luxuries can consume time and none of us have the luxury of extra time. So, don’t be trapped by luxuries that keep you from redeeming the time.
Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.