“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?
Matthew 6:24-25 (NLT2)
Jesus says we can have only one master. We live in a materialistic society where many people serve money. They spend all their lives collecting and storing it, only to die and leave it behind. Their desire for money and what it can buy far outweighs their commitment to God and spiritual matters. Even Christians spend a great deal of time trying to create heaven on earth. Whatever you store up, you will spend much of your time and energy thinking about. Don’t fall into the materialistic trap, because “the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil” (1 Timothy 6:10). Does Christ or money occupy more of your thoughts, time, and efforts?
Is it a sin to have money? NO! Is it a sin to love money? Again, NO! Is it a sin to put money in a more important place in one’s life rather than God? Absolutely YES! So, how do we balance our need for God and our need for money? Since we know that we need God for our everlasting salvation and we need money to live in a materialistic world; how do we keep everything in perspective? First, don’t you think that it is important to remember God owns everything? Second, since, He owns everything, what money we may possess is His and He allows us to use it to take care of the needs in our lives. It is a gift of God. Third, only God is to be served; never money. Love God and use the money that He graciously puts in your hand. Amen and amen.