What I’ve learned through my years of being a faithful follower of Jesus and trusting God with my entire life is that you cannot out-give him. I spend a couple of hours a day devoted to studying his word and praying; though I listen to him more through reading the scriptures than I do praying, I’m naturally a listener. I’ve also learned to be content with where I live and not become too attached; though where I’m living now seems to be the pinnacle of my life, if God decided to move me again, I would give it up to do as he says. I’ve never chased after riches, but somehow he gives me more than I need. I’ve seen people become so obsessed with making a dollar that they forget why they are doing it, and it becomes more about how much more they can get rather than a means to live. Is it to show the world they are successful? Maybe they long to have what they’ve seen in the possession of other people. I’m not saying you shouldn’t plan for your future; I do that myself by ensuring I have plenty of food in case the economy collapses; if that happens, you cannot eat a car or diamonds. My point is for you to put God first; give to Him before you take anything for yourself, and he will pour upon you the riches of this world; but more than that, you will feel the wealth of his love, and that is more valuable than anything this world can give you.
But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. 1 Timothy 6:9-10