Scholars say that in 11–16 of the 39 biblical parables, Jesus talks about money. Roughly 15% of His preaching concerned money.
A heart issue:
There are more than 2300 Bible verses on money, wealth, and possessions. Jesus spoke about money, not because He was obsessed with money, but because He knew that money was a heart issue, and that it is one of the most likely reasons not to truly follow Him or to give up on Him (Matthew 6:19-21). Money is essentially morally neutral and powerless. The devil uses money to seduce us, and that is when it can become powerful in a negative direction. He wants us to fall in love with it, so we will become a slave to money rather than becoming its master. The flip side is when we use money as it was intended to be used — as a tool to input into God’s kingdom — then it becomes a powerful instrument of good.
A spiritual condition:
The manner in which we think and behave with money reflects our spiritual condition. Jesus presents all of us with a clear choice in Matthew 6:24, “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.” Someone said it’s like chasing two rabbits at the same time: it cannot be done. Jesus knew that our relationship with God would be deeply impacted by our relationship with money. God wants nothing to come between Him and us.
A warning message:
Much of what God’s word says about money is a warning message. The Bible talks about money because God loves us, and He doesn’t want it to harm us. He wants to help us, but He wants to ensure He has our hearts. If we are worrying constantly about money, then it will be impossible to trust Him.
And if all we are doing is chasing after money, then it’s very doubtful that we are chasing after God, and trying to advance His kingdom.
Just a thought,
Published on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 @ 8:52 AM CDT
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