I have loved this series examining our inner life as we conduct a spiritual inventory of our souls. For the most part, I long to move towards Christ. But I want to do it on my timetable, at my pace. Most of the questions we have been asking are pretty subjective and on a sliding scale. But this week we have a real life, a daily test that confronts us at every turn.
When we allow how we spend money to be an indicator of spiritual health and growth we set ourselves up to examine our motives, to wrestle with our inner life, and evaluate the health of our souls every few hours throughout our day.
Money, wealth, material possessions, for some reason, are deeply connected to our souls. Scripture talks about these things over 800 times. There is something to our relationship with mammon that is in total conflict with our relationship with God.
God longs to be King of our lives, to be a protector, provider, comforter, and where we find our true identity. In neutral, we allow money and the things money can buy to usurp God. By taking a fast from spending money, we are confronted with asking these deeper questions every time we are hungry, bored, anxious, lonely, insecure, or simply need a dopamine rush.