Hi all! Been a few days since I posted – life seems to have become busier of late! I’ve been thinking a lot in recent days about going back to work. Staying home with my daughter is the most fulfilling job I’ve ever held. I love it more than I can say. I also think it’s a fabulous way to raise a child. On the other hand, many of the things my husband and I would like to achieve over the next few years would necessitate a second income. I know that the longer I remain out of the workforce, the harder it will be to find a job. So, what to do? I decided to look at this issue from a biblical standpoint, but I’m not feeling terribly guided one way or another.
The verse that comes to mind when I’m using money as motivation is Mark 10:25: It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. This verse always rankles a little bit for me because I feel like the tendency is to gloss over it, or take it in whatever way one likes best. It’s a question of where to draw the line. I feel that Jesus is cautioning against becoming too attached to this world, or to the things in it that don’t really matter. But how do I know when I’m in too deep? Probably, I’m already there. Aren’t most of us?
And then I consider God’s gifts and rewards to his people in the Old Testament. He blessed people with livestock, land, children… He used riches of this world as a reward for faithfulness. Deuteronomy 20:14: As for the women, the children, the livestock and everything else in the city, you may take these as plunder for yourselves. And you may use the plunder the Lord your God gives you from your enemies. That’s just one example. Does Jesus’ sacrifice make the Old Testament gifts a moot point? What guidance does the Bible give for this situation?
I’m praying and doing my best to be honest with myself, but I’d love to hear your thoughts! Thanks!