March 3, 2014 by Chris French
The Bible talks a LOT about money, but if you had to put a theme verse around most of what it says about money Matthew 6.24 would probably be it.
“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”
You have to choose. The options are you can try to take care of yourself using money to make sure you lead a comfortable life or (2) you can trust God to take care of you. Check out Hebrews 13.5:
“Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Did you catch it? Why should our lives not be consumed by the need for money? Because God said that He will never leave or forsake us! Had God been less direct with His promise of always taking care of us we would have a valid reason to always be looking for ways to make more money so we could take care of ourselves. He is not the one whose promise to provide for us is a lie.
Do not toil to acquire wealth; be discerning enough to desist. When your eyes light on it, it is gone, for suddenly it sprouts wings, flying like an eagle toward heaven. – Proverbs 23.4-5
As soon as your check hits your bank account it’s gone. I feel like that every month! I don’t live in an ivory tower. Like most of you I live paycheck to paycheck and I’m fighting my way out of that position. I hate the idea of my check running late and my mortgage payment bouncing so I’m spending less and saving more. That makes sense and it’s not an idea contrary to the Bible.
What we’re talking about is that frantic need for more we see everywhere around us that, let’s be honest, has slipped into our own houses. We lean on our bank account and our salary like it’s strong enough to keep us upright. It’s not! It’s more like a rotten stick. Every time you lean on it it will disappoint you. Both money and God promise to provide for you, but one is lying and for most of us money lies ALL the time! If Bill Gates or Donald Trump are reading my blog (they aren’t!) money hasn’t lied to you, yet. It’s been very good to you. You’ve worked hard and you’re smart enough to turn a profit. But when you’re dying money’s promise of care sounds as empty as it actually is. If money has been good to you it’s reach is still limited to this life.
You can’t pursue God and money. Both demand complete allegiance and both promise to take care of you. You gotta choose.