The severest self-denials and the most lavish gifts are of no value in God’s esteem unless they are prompted by love.
We might have the beautiful house, beautiful country, fat account, good friends, wonderful children, nice jobs, but there is nothing that can replace the reality of disturbed soul that is heading towards destruction.
But what the joy it is, on the other hand, to be in peace with God, to feel His presence and to smell His presences. This is what we should, by all means, strive for in faith, hope for and die for, for the city of God, is far much better than a taste of this life.
Too often we assume that God has increased our income to increase our standard of living, when his stated purpose is to increase our standard of giving. (Look again at 2 Corinthians 8:14 and 9:11).
God doesn’t make us rich so we can indulge ourselves and spoil our children, or so we can insulate ourselves form needing God’s provision. God gives us abundant material blessing so that we can give it away, and give it generously.