“Jesus continued: ‘There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them. Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need…” (Lk 15: 11-14)
This young man proved incapable of spending his money wisely, outside his father’s home. Because it was not, in fact, just “his” money. It was a “share” of a common “estate,” and meant to be shared in that context of the father’s home. In self-isolation and in “a distant country,” the young man loses sight of the shared purpose, service, and responsibility of that home.
When I begin to spend money unwisely, as if its supplies were inexhaustible, I need to ask myself whether I’ve exited my Father’s home, that is, lost my connection with God. Because a loss of control with money, just like a loss of control with food, or sex, or time-management, or the use of other God-given gifts is a sign of my loss of harmony with the Lord of my “house.” It is His grace that gives me the humility and wisdom to implement my gifts in a healthy manner.
So let me re-connect with Him this morning in some prayer and quiet reflection, before I attempt to manage my God-given gifts on my own. Let me take care of my spiritual health first, so I can also have a healthy, grace-filled perspective on financial and other matters.