Let me make one additional point on a related note. As someone who does not come from a particularly wealthy family, I have not had the liberty to afford many of the things that I wanted. Growing up in a Chinese (immigrant) household, I also picked up an inclination to be stingy with my money. When I became a Christian, that habit did not change. I still haven't actually gone shopping for a new wardrobe in a long time. I currently have enough clothing to last me exactly one week and a day (and that's if I wear everything that I own, and repeat a few pairs of pants) and then I need to do laundry. I have one pair of tennis shoes. My cleats are hand-me-ups from my brother. If you search through my drawers, you'll find them mostly empty. For the most part, the only time I get new things (backpack and flip flops come to mind) is when someone gives them to me. That's how I've always lived and I'm fine with that.
The instinct for me has always been to look at books and see where I can get them for the cheapest price. For the most part, that means Amazon.com, though there's also an excellent book search site called addall. But when it comes to buying Christian books I buy them from monergism.
1) Because part of seeking first God's Kingdom (Matthew 6:33) is that we encourage and support (financially as needed) those who are doing the same. (Philippians 4:10-19)
2) Because if I put "saving money" at the top priority of my list, I sit dangerously close to finding evil close at hand. (1 Timothy 6:10)
3) Wealth is not ultimate, God is. We can use worldly wealth to obtain eternal friends (Luke 16:1-9)
4) Workers deserve their wages. (1 Corinthians 9:7-12) See also my series on tithing.
Let's be shrewd with all that God has given us. Let's not waste money, tossing it about carelessly as if it didn't matter. There is a grain of wisdom in Solomon's words about money being the answer to everything (Ecclesiastes 10:19). Money is what has allowed me to be here at Stanford and money is what allowed me to go to Resolved.
But let's not consider money (and saving it) the highest priority. We save it for a reason. And that reason is God and His Kingdom.
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