Let’s ask the Lord to change how we think about possessions and money, that we will think about them the way He does. Let’s ask the Lord to cause us to love Him more than we love the things of this world. Let’s ask Him to open our eyes so that we can see the deceitfulness of riches and to help us understand what stewardship is—taking care of stuff that isn’t ours. We should ask Him to give us a generous, giving heart, like His heart.

You may need to pray this every day, if this is a cause of disagreement between you and the Lord. He wants you to store up treasure in heaven, not on earth. Does that mean you shouldn’t save for retirement? No, that’s not what it means. You need to take care of your family, your spouse who survives you and yourself when you get too old to work. However, keep in mind that creating rules for Christian finance isn’t the goal. What’s at issue, rather, is our Christian financial hearts before God.

If you need help with financial planning, seek it out. Entire books about the subject have been written. Most importantly, however, you will need the Holy Spirit to teach you what it means to be a good steward of what God has given you. Always remember, it’s His. Everything that you “own.” All of it.

So you have prayed, right? It’s an easy prayer. After you’ve prayed it, there will be some good changes somewhere down the old, dusty trail.

The Lord is the number one expert on paradigm change. I know that the Holy Spirit inspired Isaiah when he wrote about God in Isaiah 9, but in addition to Wonderful Counselor, Prince of peace, Almighty God and everlasting Father, why wasn’t Paradigm Changer thrown into the mix? Oh—that’s right—it was, although it was Paul, not Isaiah: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV, emphasis added).

After you have prayed this prayer regularly, sincerely, for a time, watch the Lord go to work.

Jesus told us to store up treasures in heaven, not here on earth. He has a real good, kind, loving reason for saying this, with our best interests at heart. The most important stuff that you store up for isn’t here on this ground—it’s for after you’re dead. It’s eternal. Don’t buy the lie that life on this earth is all there is.

Go shallow in the things of this world but deeper with Him.