Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up. – James 4:10
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. – 1 Peter 5:6
Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God. – Jesus, Matthew 19:24
I don’t think that it is bad to have nice things. I also don’t think we have to take a vow of poverty in order to be children of God. But I do think there is a fine line between liking nice things and becoming materialistic. On our latest trip to San Jose we took a detour to Santana Row before going to the airport. This place had a range of high end shops, so we browsed. Clarence’s favorite was the Tesla store and mine was Cocola. I think about this topic often, staying humble, even frugal while allowing myself to receive nice gifts should they come my way. I believe it can be done. After all, Esther was a Queen and David was a King during their lifetimes and they were children of God.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on the matter.