Money or God?
God has a lot of competition in the category of what people most desire. Jesus had been watching human behavior for many millennia and saw a sad pattern emerge. He saw it in the materialistic heart of one of his closest friends, one of his own chosen disciples, Judas. He saw how easily money could become an idol, a substitute god that ruled in people’s hearts.
He said once, “No one can serve two masters. 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 both God and Money” (Matthew 6:24).
How can you tell whom you’re serving? If you serve Money, you will find justification for lying and cheating to get it. If you serve Money, you will find justification for stealing it, hoarding it, and flaunting it.
If you serve God, you will acknowledge that it all belongs to God. You will see yourself only as a temporary manager who is accountable to the great King. You will find greater joy in using money to accomplish God’s agenda than in acquiring possessions or experiences for yourself. If you serve God, you will enjoy being generous with others, since you know with absolute certainty that God will soon replace all that and give you more.