Matthew 6:24-27 (NLT)
“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? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?”
No one would ever claim to love money who is a Child of God, certainly not. That is clearly contradictory to the Word of God in every possible way with a “shame-on-you” for worrying from Jesus Christ. This is troublesome when one considers that this world seems to rotate due to cash flow and without money options become quite limited in this life. The “love of money” is difficult to avoid when every day millions of Americans rush off to work and spend the majority of their life securing wealth. Is there a choice? With children to feed, homes to maintain and a life to live how does one avoid worrying about money and romancing wealth? Is it not needed to survive? Would it be more appropriate to rely on government programs for our benefit and care? With a sharp rise in the cost of living, people wonder why they work so hard for so little seldom satisfied in life. Worry rises as they cannot afford to make ends meet. Anxiety flourishes as financial security crumbles. Now even strong Christians wonder, “Where is God? Why isn’t He intervening? Why am I struggling so?” When I think of the love of money, an image of Donald Duck’s rich uncle, Scrooge McDuck comes to mind. The image of a wealth Scottish gentleman in the likeness of Ebenezer Scrooge who loved his wealth quite dearly so frugal agonizing and conscious of every cent. The cartoon image was used for laughs, of course with images of McDuck polishing and shiny all the coins in his mint. He would swim in a pool of cash. Clearly, this is not the case of mankind. Surely no one would ever take such care and concern over dollars and cents. You cannot serve both God and money (the worry of everyday life). Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? No! In fact, worry and anxiety has overridden the earth.
John 10:6-10 (NLT)
Those who heard Jesus use this illustration didn’t understand what he meant so he explained it to them: “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me were thieves and robbers. But the true sheep did not listen to them. Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures. The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.
The Jewish people especially the religious leaders had a problem accepting Jesus Christ largely due to his method of arrival. The image of the Messiah who would come to save them was not of a baby born in a manager, raised by a carpenter, impoverished in life so they nailed Him to the Cross thinking they would put an end to this mockery. Why? They expected their Messiah to come in opulence and wealth and reign in a palace. But people did not need wealth, God gave us the ability to procure wealth, be blessed and flourish before Jesus came on the scene. Everything we needed had already been provided if we would only walk in His Way and follow His Commandments such a lifestyle would guarantee blessing to all who chose it! “The LORD will guarantee a blessing on everything you do and will fill your storehouses with grain. The LORD your God will bless you in the land he is giving you. If you obey the commands of the LORD your God and walk in his ways, the LORD will establish you as his holy people as he swore he would do.” (Deuteronomy 28:8-9) We didn’t need a way to be rich. We needed Eternal Life. As residents of a dying world, a Savior was needed to provide us access to the Kingdom of God. He needed to break our ties to this world and reestablish our connection with God the Father. Jesus did just that. However, now there is a choice to be made. Do we love and serve God or the things of this world. Here is a hint: 1) “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” (Hebrews 11:1) 2) “We were given this hope when we were saved. (If we already have something, we don’t need to hope for it. But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.)(Romans 8:24-25) People have been given the promise of prosperity before Jesus came to save our souls. We have the ability to secure wealth. Hope was given so that our soul would prosper. If we have all that we need given to us by God (Philippians 4:19), and the blessing of God to be rich with no sorrow added to it (Proverbs 10:22), then what is keeping us from complete satisfaction in this life? It is our ability to love and serve God more than money.
Proverbs 3:1-6 (NLT)
My child, never forget the things I have taught you. Store my commands in your heart. If you do this, you will live many years, and your life will be satisfying. Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! Tie them around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart. Then you will find favor with both God and people, and you will earn a good reputation. Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do and he will show you which path to take.
We pay a high price for a dollar. It costs us our time. The most valuable commodity in life is each moment that we are given. How much is your life worth? To Jesus Christ it was worth everything! We sell ourselves short by remaining connected to the things of this world and its economy after we have given our heart and life to the Lord. He is not asking for your life as the world does to enslave and entangle you making you want more and more never satisfied and always struggling. He came (and died) that you would have a rich and satisfying life. His Commandments are not written for slaves but sons and daughters. I would never ask too much of my children. I love them. I want them to be successful, safe and secure in this life but more importantly I want their soul to be secure. The first thing most people are taught is that you can only depend on yourself. Even if you grew up with both parents in middle class suburbia, they have let you down. Heck, we let ourselves down. So when a “too-good-to-be-true” Savior comes along with an amazing offer, we are naturally skeptical. He wants your life. But unlike the world, God is not going to give you a worthless dollar. He is giving you Eternal Life which equals more time (the one thing you are running out of). When people finally decide to trust in the Lord WITH ALL OUR HEART” and not to depend on the human logic and reasoning impressed since our youth – there is a dramatic shift and change in our understanding. Less becomes so much more as the things of this world take proper positioning in our life and Jesus becomes our priority. But this is not necessarily an impoverished position but a chance to truly prosper as our soul prospers so will we! (3 John 1:2) If we will just seek His Will in everything we do, He will show us which path to take where satisfaction is guaranteed!
Luke 6:20-23 (NLT)
Then He lifted up His eyes toward His disciples, and said: “Blessed are you poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who hunger now, for you shall be filled. Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh. Blessed are you when men hate you, and when they exclude you, and revile you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of Man’s sake. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy! For indeed your reward is great in heaven, for in like manner their fathers did to the prophets.
The greatest forfeiture of grace is to choose our own way and expect to be in the Will of God. You cannot get to Atlanta, Georgia by programming your GPS for Los Angeles, California. How can you live in the righteousness of God giving your life completely to the things of this world? It is a deception disguised as living a god-fearing life. God did not tell us to work hard at work to pay the bills – He told you to serve Him. He did not tell us to give all our time and energy to managing the budget and sticking to it – He told us to trust Him. He did not tell us to worry about the small stuff and He would handle the big problems – He promised to do it all. He is our Provider in every sense of the word. He supplies everything we need “according to His Riches in Glory!” Bottom Line: Children of God will never find satisfaction any other way but through Jesus Christ who is the Way, Truth and Life. (John 14:6) You may not become a multimillionaire in this life following the Lord mainly because God knows to give you such wealth might keep you from continuing to walk in His Way. Few people can handle such responsibility and remain humble. Those with great resources never go hungry, but we are to hunger and thirst for righteousness which money cannot buy. Repentance breaks our heart for God producing tears along the way, but God redeems our tears for He saves every single one. (Psalm 56:8, Psalm 126:5) As we begin to transition our mindset from the things that we can see to attaining that which is unseen, money takes its proper place as just another vessel of blessing and prosperity from the Hand of God. It no longer holds the value in your life as your treasure is accumulated in Heaven a much more worthy investment. As your soul prospers, you will be satisfied just like Jesus promised.
Hebrews 13:5-6 (NLT)
Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” So we can say with confidence, “The LORD is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?”
In the two long years our son has battled cancer, his medical bills have grown to more than half of a million dollars. He is still fighting cancer. Money has not solved the problem. Doctors have been consulted around the world due to the rarity and aggressiveness of his cancer. But he has not been cured completely. Yet we have hope. The Word of the Lord for our son is that “he will live and not die.” This is not what they are seeing in the natural but I am fully convinced that this is exactly what the Lord is doing. I have complete confidence that the Lord is in the process of not only healing this kid but fully restoring everything the enemy has taken in his young life. I have no doubt. So why did I become consumed with worry and fear at the mounting cost of his care and the financial burden on our family? Why did I begin to lose sleep? Why did I pour over the family budget for hours and look for ways to make more money? It is the love of money planted in my heart. It is a fear of lack produced by supply and demand in the world’s economy.
I have a testimony. About two weeks ago, I finally was buckling under the burden of these worries. I was more anxious about making ends meet than tackling cancer BECAUSE I believed that God was healing our son. I needed to believe that God would supply all my needs. So I examined my heart and repented. I got in the Word to make sure that we were doing what it said. I asked the Lord to honor His Word and supply our needs just like He promised. I asked His Ministering Angels would go to the north, south, east and west to bring in the harvest from every seed we have sown by faith. I then let it all go and felt the heavy weight lifted from my shoulders (almost literally). The first thing that happened is joy. I am talking a joy that has had people asking me on a continuous basis about it in the midst of such a grievous situation. How do you smile? How do you laugh? How do you function? I have shared the Lord multiple times since that just telling people where my joy comes from. This increases my treasure in Heaven when they believe. It is a seed that will produce a harvest just when I need it the most. Secondly, I have experienced credits, awards and increases financially ever since that day. No, I am not a millionaire but every single need that I was concerned about has been met! More importantly, I am not burdened by worry, anxiety or fear of lack. I have time to spend seeking, serving and loving the Lord! I am well on my way to complete satisfaction just as God has guaranteed those who will walk in His Ways!
Ephesians 1:14 (NLT)
The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him.
You have a guarantee of an inheritance far greater than anything you could earn or receive from this world. Transfer your wealth from this world to the Kingdom of God by choosing to invest your time wisely. Seek God’s Will and Way for your life and set your course. Stop worrying about where your next meal will come from and you will never go hungry again. Set your heart on His Kingdom making it your treasure and live to receive it. Complete satisfaction is guaranteed to those who live this way! Don’t let the enemy in to steal, kill or destroy the wonderful life that God planned for you! Give it to the Lord for His Safekeeping both now and forevermore.
2 Corinthians 3:16-18 (NLT)
But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.