First off I want to thank Peter for having me on his blog as a guest writer. I wanted to try and tackle a tough question for everyone and I am glad he gave me the opportunity.
After reading Peter's article on Dave Ramsey's New House I started to dive into the comments, post a few of my own, and read what everyone was saying…
If you go back and read them, or you already participated in the comment section, you will realize that the issue of whether or not Ramsey's house is “too big” is evenly divided.
The ultimate question that we are all asking is not whether Dave's house is too big, but how we define this idea called “enough”.
What Is Enough?
As Christians, we are taught that God is our everything. Because God is our everything he will supply all our needs (1 Timothy 6:17). And because he supplies all our needs, all we need is God.
Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 1 Timothy 6:17
One of our needs is for shelter, in the very general sense. Therefore, if you start there and end there, Dave's house is a need that God provided him. And therefore it is not too big. Whatever amount of money God provided him, he was able to choose a house that could serve as a shelter for him and his family.
On the flip side, let's play the game… “What else could he do with this money?”
In comes the classic W.W.J.D. (What Would Jesus Do?) Well, we already know what he would do. In Luke 18:22 Jesus admonishes the rich man to sell all his possessions and give the money to the poor.
If all we look at is this, then the easy conclusion is that Dave bought himself a house that could be considered a “possession”, and he should sell it, and give the money to the poor.
I think it is easy to make either argument…
Now the hard part is asking yourself, “How will YOU live YOUR life if you happened to have millions of dollars to spend on whatever you wanted?”
Would you buy the house Dave did or would you buy something closer to what the average person buys?
Many of us are envious of Dave. Some of us couldn't care less. The important thing to think about is where do you stand on this moral issue? Where do you reach your enough?
Have you drawn your line in the sand? The line that says, “I have enough”. Once you have drawn that line you will begin to work on the things that really matter in this life. The things we are really put on this Earth for.