With all the needs that are evident around us, is it OK for Christians to spend money on things that are purely for enjoyment? Wouldn’t it be better to take that money and give it to missions or to the poor? Some people feel guilty for spending money on things they enjoy doing. Is that how God wants us to feel?
God Has Richly Provided for Our Enjoyment
1 Timothy 6:17 Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment.
God blesses us with things for us to enjoy. He has provided these things and allows us to enjoy them. Looking at the context of this verse in 1 Timothy also sheds some light on this topic. In the very next verse, we are told to do good and to be willing to share. So we are to do both: to enjoy the things God has given us and to be generous with others. Having fun can enrich our marriage, strengthen our relationships and renew us.
God, through the Bible, directed his people to take Sabbaths and to have feasts. You cannot justify these feasts from an economic perspective. That money could be used for the poor, yet God authorized these feasts. There is a time to sit down, feast, and enjoy. You can give generously and also enjoy what God has given you. One does not negate the other.
Whatever You Do, Do for the Glory of God
It is actually a disconnect to think that giving to the poor is worship but that you should feel guilty about entertainment. We are supposed to do everything for God’s glory and with thankfulness to God.
1 Corinthians 10:31 So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
We are to do all for the glory of God. It is interesting to note that this verse talks about eating and drinking. It could say we should fast and pray for the glory of God. Not only do we need to eat and drink for our physical well being but in this context it is thought of as sitting down and enjoying the food and the company. We are to do all things for the glory of God, even in our times of leisure and entertainment.
- Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- On a scale of 1 to 10, how likely are you to judge others when you see them spend money on leisure activities or entertainment? Explain.
- Thinking about the beauty of creation, make a case for the idea that God wants us to enjoy life.
- Read 1 Timothy 6:17. What is a temptation that people who have surplus money may struggle with? How can you guard against this?
- When it comes to spending on recreation and entertainment, how do you decide how much is too much?
- Read 1 Timothy 6:18-19. Explain the phrase “take hold of life that is truly life.”
- Read 1 Corinthians 10:31. Are there limits to the principle “Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God”? Explain.
- In what ways could your life be fuller by both giving generously and enjoying what God has given you?
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.