no one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
The word of God never ceases to amaze me. For one, its the best selling book of all time (year after year) It’s full of wisdom and stories that even thousands of years later tell simple truths that help every believer navigate his or her life. The above scripture comes from Matthew chapter 6 and it’s probably one of the most quoted verses regarding money in the bible (right behind the camel through the eye of the needle thingy) I have to admit, the verse is probably one of the toughest to swallow for young professionals like myself who in our hearts know that money shouldn’t be an idol, but we can’t help but think about how it could pay off our student loans and buy us a boat, and a truck to pull it…and you know the rest.
I often wander, why did Jesus say such a thing? I have heard various arguments and biblical points on the matter and I agree with most of them. I agree that God is a jealous God, and he doesn’t want us to have any idols before him…but I also believe, God is a good father, and he doesn’t just tell us this because he doesn’t want believers to prosper financially. I personally believe He is a God of abundance and prosperity who desires for his children to do well in their work. I don’t see him as a paycheck to paycheck type of guy, more like a gracious giver who pours out handfuls of purpose on us and desires to see us succeed in every single area of our lives and that includes our personal finances.
So why would Jesus say you can’t serve God and money?
And how does this effect me as a christian?
First of all serving money is actually a pretty ridiculous concept. I mean think about it. Spend your whole life devoted to making more money…let’s say things go well for you and you wake up one day at 85 years old and you’re the richest man in the world (the chances of dying the richest man in the world are 1 in roughly 7 billion as of today). You spent your entire life in search of more. You made sacrifices, working long hours and weekends, missed more ball games than you care to count and who knows what else. But you did it, now what? when life is over what will people say of your legacy? Will the money even matter?
But what about serving God? I think one of the greatest treasures about serving the Lord is the consequences are eternal. Jesus said that even when we give a cup of water to a child in his name there is a reward. Once upon a time I dreamed of being a real estate investor…I would sit and make plans to one day have hundreds of rental properties…I quickly have given this foolish dream up after managing my first rental property (blog post on that later) getting started as a real estate investor isn’t easy, it takes a lot of capital (which I didn’t have) you need great credit and some good bankers who believe in you. Maybe it’s time I shifted my focus to becoming a Kingdom investor? The deal is much better…to be a Kingdom investor requires no money, no education, and thankfully no bankers. All you have to do to get started is confess Christ and the cross. And investment opportunities are everywhere!
Or as Jesus would say, “the harvest is plentiful”