A recent Money Magazine article about money and couples highlights what most couples, especially those with kids, already know: married couples fight a lot about finances. According to the statistics, “70 percent of married couples argue about money—ahead of fights about household chores, togetherness, sex, snoring, and what’s for dinner.” What we found interesting is that couples whose kids were over age eighteen experienced less conflict over finances than couples with children who were younger than eighteen. The article reports that 80 percent of couples with children younger than eighteen argue over money, while 64 percent of couples with children over eighteen indicate money as a source of conflict. For most couples, having kids in the house throws gasoline on the financial fires.
Fortunately, we’re not left to figure it all out on our own. God’s reign and rule in our lives extends to our finances, and Jesus was not shy when it came to talking about money. It’s impossible to separate faith, finances, and family. Throughout the Bible we are encouraged to have a life perspective that keeps our financial priorities in the right order.
In Luke 12, Jesus finds himself in the middle of a family feud. Apparently, two brothers were in a dispute over their inheritance. Jesus uses the situation as an opportunity to teach that life is about far more than money. He says to them,
“Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” (Luke 12:14–15)
Money isn’t everything. “Life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”