If the Lord Jesus Christ was a typical Jew in His physical and economic life, He could not have been poor or hated money; but He hated wastage. He showed us in the Bible when He said to the disciples after feeding the five thousand, “gather the fragments that nothing be wasted.” I have noticed that most Christians do not hate wastage. There is a lot of wealth in fragments: Fragments of food, fragments of money – do not throw change around, gather it and save it up.
If you have a friend that is wealthier than you are, learn how he made his money, if he did it righteously, but don’t learn from him how he spends money because you are not on the same level. Learn the discipline he has applied to acquire wealth. Don’t go acquiring a taste for higher things like him. Sometimes you see children of wealthy people acquire a taste for expensive things, without developing a lifestyle of wealth creation or wealth multiplication like their parents.
You may be at a level now where you should not purchase new clothes but keep the ones you have neat and clean. This is a level of keeping standard. Jesus hated wastage, he did not hate abundance; you saw him multiply bread, you saw him feed people until they could not eat anymore. The first miracle Jesus did was a miracle of provision at the Marriage in Cana; not a miracle of healing or a miracle of deliverance. It was a miracle of luxury because the Bible says the people were drunken well, it did not say they were drunk. When Jesus made a better wine, it was a luxury, because they were not in much need of it. Jesus did not hate abundance, he hated wastage.