Scripture: “You cannot serve God and money ” (Matthew. 6:24).
The primary issue with money is attitude. While it is important to have good spending plans, to be wise investors, and to control credit, what matters most is our attitudes toward money. Do we possess possessions or do possessions possess us? Acknowledging God as the owner of our money and we as the caretakers of what he entrusts to us is a first step toward ensuring that our possessions are tools for our use rather than things that control us. As Christians, we are not honest if we use the disclaimer, “Jesus can have our hearts but not our money.” We can’t compartmentalize the Christian life. Our relationship with Christ impacts everything we think and do, including our money management. Money, more than anything else, can separate us from our heavenly Father. Money can be Satan’s best tool to deceive God’s people. Money has the power to change us and may win the battle for our hearts as we are deceived by the thought that more money is the answer to our financial problems instead of God. Having money and possessions can make us proud, crowd out the real God, and cause us to place our security in our financial well-being instead of our God (Proverbs 30:8-10).
In the Parable of the Sower, Jesus said: “…the thorns (deceitfulness of wealth) grew up and choked [the Word]” (Mark 4:7). In Matthew 6:24 Jesus said, “No one can serve two masters … You cannot serve God and money.” As God’s people, we can’t have a foot in each kingdom. It is impossible to have two masters, so we must choose between God’s kingdom and the kingdom of the world. It is one or the other, not both.
The world sees money as life’s report card and source of all happiness and security. In contrast, we, as faithful stewards, see money as a means to provide for our needs, to help others, and to further God’s kingdom.
Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, help me to hold money loosely and to have a proper attitude toward it. Amen.