Surviving Tough Times|
We've noticed a new trend in our neighborhood. Many families are moving in together. It's like a return of The Waltons, that famous television series based on a model of generational families surviving the Great Depression by living together in one, large home and sharing expenses of rent, food, chores, baby-sitting, and other daily-living needs.
Content With Food&Clothing
One of the nice things about being a Christian in today's world is that it's considered smart to be wise stewards of our money and share what we have. The apostle Paul said…"if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these" (HCSB). Jesus warned, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed. A man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions" (NIV).
Simple Housing Arrangements
The lesson seems clear. People living under financial stress might consider sharing a home with family members, church members or good friends. Residents at Gospel Rescue Missions have successfully practiced these principles for many years.
Surprisingly, in early Judaism no one actually owned real estate in perpetuity anyway. Instead, the Lord "leased" land to His people to sow and harvest crops. After 50 years the land was returned to the original tribal owners and all debts were cancelled and slaves freed. Property was considered a stewardship granted by God.
Economies of Shared Living
Instead, Haggai the prophet taught that it is God who owns all the silver and gold in the first place (2:8). In the book of Acts we see that new converts sold their goods and shared what they had (Acts 2:44-45). This suggests what today's economists call, "economies of shared living."
Shared living is a productive social alternative to an otherwise stressful lifestyle. Jesus said we shouldn't worry about what we will eat, drink or wear because our heavenly Father already knows what we need. "Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need" (Matt. 6:33, NLT).